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Texas Prison Bid'ness:Texas Court Rules Corrections Corporation of America Subject to State’s Public Information Act

On September 15, a Travis County District Court entered a final judgment that held Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest for-profit prison company, is a “governmental body” for purposes of the Texas Public Information Act and is therefore subject to the “Act’s obligations to disclose public information.” 

This was the first time a Texas court had found that a private prison company was required to comply with the state’s public records law, joining courts in Tennessee, Florida, and Vermont. 

CCA has opposed compliance with state public records laws, but courts in Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Vermont disagree.CCA has opposed compliance with state public records laws, but courts in Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Vermont disagree.District Court Judge Gisela D. Triana entered the judgment in a lawsuit filed by Prison Legal News (PLN), a monthly publication that reports on criminal justice-related issues and a project of the non-profit Human Rights Defense Center.  Read more about Texas Court Rules Corrections Corporation of America Subject to State’s Public Information Act

#TBT To when we cheered the end of family detention in Texas

Today’s #tbt is a throwback to the time we cheered the end of family detention at the T. Don Hutto detention center. When the Obama administration ordered an end to family detention there in 2009 and that no new family detention centers would be built, we thought that this particular fight was over. Unfortunately, we were wrong.  

A letter to the Prime Minister of Canada from a child at Hutto.

 

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Complaints Mount of Inadequate Care and Harsh Conditions for Children and Families in ICE Family Detention Center in Karnes City

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Mothers and children who are asylum seekers detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a for-profit detention center in Karnes City have mounting complaints about their harsh treatment and unduly severe detention conditions. 

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Hump Day Hall of Shame: Correctional Healthcare Management named in lawsuit over baby who was born and then died in solitary confinement.

A woman says a private healthcare provider and the jail it operated in, its staff, and a sheriff denied her reasonable access to care resulting in her giving birth in solitary confinement and losing her baby. Read more about Hump Day Hall of Shame: Correctional Healthcare Management named in lawsuit over baby who was born and then died in solitary confinement.