The private prison industry and Mexican refugees

While no one was looking, the private prison industry has diversified:

http://www.businessinsider.com/doj-news-on-private-prisons-distracts-from-mass-incarceration-issues-2016-8

The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country’s largest owner of private prisons, noted in a statement to Business Insider that its Bureau of Prison facilities make up just 7% of its business…

Petrella added that the DOJ’s directive is neither significant to reducing mass incarceration, nor does it sound a death knell for American’s private-prison industry, which has already branched out into services like housing, home confinement, and rehabilitation…

Further, even if the private-prison industry were completely eliminated, private companies would still be integral to the prison industry. Government-run prisons are often funded by and use phone, transportation, commissary, and medical services from private companies…

One of these private prisons is located in New Mexico, so it looks like there’s going to be more lay-offs. New Mexico is in the top 3 states for the highest unemployment rate.

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-private-prison-phase-out-2016-8

In recent years, following the overall decline of the prison population, these companies have shifted towards greater involvement with immigration detention — including the incarceration of women and children caught crossing the border — as well as reentry and rehabilitation services, including halfway houses…

Looks like the prison industry will be entering the addiction industry, if it’s not there already. You think the drug war is bad in our country?

http://www.businessinsider.com/residents-rio-getting-caught-between-police-and-drug-traffickers-2016-8

Since the start of the Olympics, local media have reported at least 14 deaths in shootouts between gang members and police or soldiers from the 85,000-member security force deployed for the Games…

Well before the games began, human rights organisations warned of the potential dangers. Amnesty said Rio’s police had killed over 2,500 people since the Games were awarded in 2009, including more than 100 this year, most of whom were young black men…

http://www.businessinsider.com/taking-down-zetas-cartel-leaders-alarming-violence-mexico-2016-8

The number of murders in Mexico surged in the first few years of Calderón’s offensive against the cartels, and then dropped off somewhat at the end of his six-year term and during the first couple of years of President Peña Nieto’s government. But now the killing is getting worse again…

“It’s terrorism, in all senses of the word,” he said…

“People wanted to know why we weren’t publishing and telling the truth about what’s happening,” she said. “It wasn’t because we didn’t want to publish what we knew. It just wasn’t worth our lives.”

The reporter said it would have been tantamount to suicide to try and find out why gunmen killed 11 members of a single family — four children, five women, two men, and the family dog — in July. One of the women and her two children were US citizens visiting family in Ciudad Victoria. Eight other people were killed and 24 others injured by gunfire on that same weekend…

Days later gunmen killed five members of another family in Ciudad Victoria. Authorities encountered the bullet-strewn bodies of the grandmother, mother, her two sons, and her four-month-old baby girl…

If you lived in the middle of this war, you’d want to immigrate, too. If you saw this kind of violence, you’d do anything to escape it — even pay someone thousands of dollars to take you across the desert. After you see your neighbor’s head get chopped off, you won’t be afraid of some stupid wall. These people aren’t immigrants, they’re refugees. Refugees because of America’s drug war.

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