On day 6 of the hunger strike at the Hutto Detention Center, sources inside report that the hunger strike has grown dramatically within the detention center, including at least one section where all women are participating. Read more about #Hutto27 hunger strike spreads, two women moved, one punished with solitary confinement
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UPDATE: The Hunger stike continues for a third day. ICE has retaliated against the women at the center by denying them time outside when they might see our vigil and hear our chants.
News broke Wednesday evening that at least 27 women refused dinner at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas as the start of a hunger strike. Read more about BREAKING: At least 27 women on hunger strike at the Hutto Detention Center #Hutto27
As part of a series of changes to the civil commitment program in Texas, Littlefield will serve as the new home for nearly 200 individuals convicted of a sexual offense who have served their time, but who have been indefinitely civilly committed. Although federally required to be a treatment program, not a punitive one, a company with roots in the private prison industry will operate the facility. Correct Care Recovery Solutions (CCRS), formerly known as GEO Care, is a spin-off corporation of GEO Group, the same corporation that operated the facility until 2009. Read more about Correct Care Recovery Solutions to run lockdown facility in Littlefield
We're happy to welcome Cate Graziani to the Grassroots Leadership team as our new Mental Health Campaigns Coordinator.
While completing a Master of Science in Social Work and a Master of Public Affairs from UT - Austin, Cate contributed to Grassroots Leadership’s groundbreaking research on the private prison industry’s foray into mental healthcare, and the over-incarceration of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders was the focus of her master’s thesis. Read more about Welcoming Cate Graziani to the Grassroots Leadership team
...and it's families that lose.
Travis County Commissioners have until September 29th to pass a budget that will restore in-person visitation to families and their incarcerated loved ones, but they’ve started back-peddling. Read more about Urgent Action:Travis County officials are playing the blame game
Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill) introduced the Justice is Not for Sale Act, a comprehensive bill that outlaws the use of for-profit prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers. Read more about 7 good things that will happen if we ban private prisons with the #JusticeNot4Sale Act
Over the past few weeks we have delved into the mythical world of facts that surround a marketing campaign released by Securus on their website. As we come to the end of this series that counters their version of myths and facts surrounding the video visitation product that is taking over visitation in jails across America, we also wanted to educate people on a little bit of the other side of the coin in this industry. Lets start by addressing the last part of the fact page that Securus has created.Read more about Securus Myth Vs. Fact Analysis Finale
When I walked into my first day of work at Grassroots Leadership, Cristina had been there for at least an hour already working on the call-in campaign to get Sara and Nayely released from Karnes. She quickly explained to me what was going on and asked me to jump in where I felt comfortable. Just over a month later, we had planned the rally at Karnes and released the report on family detention. Even today, my last day, I feel like there is much to do and that this work will never be done. Read more about A YAV year in review
On Friday night, Judge Dolly Gee released the long-awaited decision in the case against family detention. She ruled that the Administration’s family detention policy violates the terms of the Flores settlement, which lays out minimum conditions for children held in federal immigration custody. Watch a quick video here by AILA attorneys with the main points of the decision and what happens next.
In the decision, Judge Gee excoriates the government's reasoning for maintaining family detention in phrases that display the same outrage felt by immigrant advocates. "It is astonishing that Defendants [ICE] have enacted a policy requiring such expensive infrastructure without more evidence to show that it would be compliant with an Agreement that has been in effect for nearly 20 years or effective at achieving what Defendants hoped it would accomplish," Gee wrote.Read more about Court rules family detention illegal!