Grassroots Leadership Blog
Last Thursday the Michigan House approved legislation that would help private prison company, the GEO Group, get one of their shuttered prisons up and running again.
House Bill 4467, if passed, would allow GEO Group to house Level V high-security prisoners at the now-empty North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin, MI. Although the prison has been empty since 2011, Michigan law allows for the GEO prison to house prisoners, including those from other states, but only prisoners requiring Level IV security and below.Read more about Michigan, don't help GEO reopen troubled private prison. Stop HB 4467 now!
Recently, Grassroots Leadership Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coordinator, Eshe Cole, participated in Nation Inside’s webinar on Mental Health and Criminal Justice. Read more about Eshe Cole, Grassroots Leadership Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coordinator, on Nation Inside Webinar
Several weeks ago we asked you to communicate to members of the House County Affairs Committee your support for HB 549, a bill that protects the face-to-face visitation rights of people incarcerated at Texas county jails from being replaced with expensive, poor quality video chats. (see more background here) Read more about ACTION ALERT | Take action to protect in person visitation at Texas County Jails!
Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General released a report chronicling a number of egregious practices taking place at the one of the world’s largest for-profit prisons. Reeves C
Read more about Key takeaways from new report on private prison payoff from the immigrant detention quota
Last week, 80 mothers detained in the Karnes County family detention facility with their children embarked on a fast to protest their detention, and bring awareness to the conditions that they face inside the facility. Read more about What happened while the #KarnesMoms were fasting