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.
These CDs demonstrate the county does make recordings
of the Commission meetings, at least of sound.
The County Clerk told Gretchen the recordings are erased after the Clerk
is finished with them.
Hm, since such recordings are records of public meetings, wouldn’t
that make them public open records?
And if they are, wouldn’t destroying them be illegal?
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.