Multiple arrest warrants have been issued in relation to a trail of
criminal activity resulting in the theft of more than $1 million
from a Fulton County business, authorities said.
Police began an investigation in mid-April when Waste Management
Inc. made a complaint regarding Willow Oak Landfill, which it owns,
following an anonymous tip and a private investigation, according to
the Palmetto Police Department today.
In this case it was the landfill operator that filed a complaint.
Waste Management is one of the two largest solid waste companies
in the U.S.; the other is ADS.
Noemi Romero, who came to the U.S. illegally at age 3, was arrested
in January working at a Phoenix grocery store, where she used
someone else’s name to get the job.
Romero, a 21-year-old who likes to draw and dance, spent the next
four months behind bars, almost half of it in a cramped cell at a
1,596-bed detention center in Eloy, Arizona, run by Corrections
Corp. of America. The company, with Geo Group Inc. (GEO) and other
for-profit prison operators, holds almost two-thirds of all
immigrants detained each day in federally funded prisons as they
face deportation, U.S. data show.
State Court Judge John Edwards came before the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners
to ask them to begin the process of asking for an additional State
Court Judge for Lowndes County. An additional State Court Judge
would have to be authorized by the Georgia Legislature, then filled
initially by an appointee by the Georgia Governor.
At this morning’s Work Session,
the Judge noted that with the
recent reforms enacted by the Georgia Legislature,
many crimes previously classified as felonies are now
classified as misdemeanors. This has reduced the burden on the
Superior Courts and on the prison populations (a good thing)
however, it has raised the load on the State Court without an
increase in resources.
Conspiracy, assault with injury, coverup: another Georgia prison guard pled guilty, all in response to a strike by prisoners for decent pay. And remember, private prisons have fewer guards per prisoner and less training.
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday Darren Douglass-Griffin pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of inmates and falsification of records in a federal investigation.
Douglass-Griffin admitted he and other correctional officers at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe assaulted and injured inmates in a series of incidents in 2010. He told prosecutors correctional officers beat three inmates in separate incidents to punish them. One inmate was beaten so badly he had to be taken from the prison in an ambulance.
Douglass-Griffin also said he and other officers tried to cover up the officers’ involvement by writing false reports and lying to investigators.
In the study published June 9 in the journal Science, Reynolds and
Temple (with co-authors Suh-Ruu Ou, Irma Arteaga, and Barry White)
report on more than 1,400 individuals whose well-being has been tracked
for as much as 25 years. Those who had participated in an early childhood
program beginning at age 3 showed higher levels of educational attainment,
socioeconomic status, job skills, and health insurance coverage as well
as lower rates of substance abuse, felony arrest, and incarceration than
those who received the usual early childhood services.
The big winner in the crackdown on the illegal immiggration
has been the private prison industry.
As Bloomberg Business Week reports in its latest issue,
companies such as Corrections Corporation of America
are making millions.
In fact, CCA makes more money from detaining immigrants
than it does from any single U.S. state.
She goes on to mention CCA’s stock price has gone up by
a factor of ten since 9/11.
Bloomberg’s Betty Liu reports, 18 March 2011. (Source: Bloomberg)
The source of the money CCA and its investors and executives are making?
Our tax dollars!
I have seen no verification that the private prisons intend to make
money from inmate labor & the recent article claiming prison labor would
displace more citizen jobs if illegals were jailed as a positive for
amnesty was ridiculous. All anti-amnesty directives I have seen call for
the illegals being deported back to their country of origin ASAP. How
does this equate to available prison labor for private prisons?
OK, let’s go look at the anti-immigrant law passed by Arizona.
It’s littered with “federal custody” and
“imprisoned not more than thirty days” and
“imprisoned not more than six months” and
“A person who is sentenced pursuant to this section is not eligible
for suspension or commutation of sentence or release on any basis until
the sentence imposed is served.”
“class 1 misdemeanor”
“class 3 felony”
“class 4 felony”
“twenty days in jail” and
“thirty days in jail”.
D. Notwithstanding any other law, a law enforcement agency may securely
transport an alien who the agency has received verification is unlawfully
present in the united states and who is in the agency’s custody to a
federal facility in this state or to any other point of transfer into
federal custody that is outside the jurisdiction of the law enforcement
agency. a law enforcement agency shall obtain judicial authorization
before securely transporting an alien who is unlawfully present in the
United States to a point of transfer that is outside of this state.
Many people have talked about the recidivism problem, but here’s a group trying to do something about it. Helping people right out of jail to learn how to get a job, convincing employers to hire them, mentoring them longterm with life coaches, lawyers, and accountants,
and with some helping them start their own businesses and employ others.
Jimmy Boyd is the principal organizer, and Steve Johnson is the outreach coordinator.
They have some more people already signed up in a core team, and are looking for
additional people, not to mention grants.
CHANCE had an organizational meeting 7 Jan 2010 at Floyd Rose’s Serenity Church.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE.
Help give some people a needed push?
Take responsibility and help solve a problem what will reduce crime by increasing employment?
Here’s a chance to do that.