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- America Eats its Young: Arizona communities embrace use of private prison employees in drug raids at public schools
- AFSC investigation: Arizona Department of Corrections, Legislature, knew private prisons bad deal for state– eliminated oversight anyway
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- FBI issues subpoenas linked to Florida Geo Group investigation
- Prison Legal News survey examines prison phone contracts, kickbacks
- Frank Smith of Private Corrections Working Group talks for-profit incarceration with Randi Rhodes
- Lest we forget: Hardin jail debacle revisited
Category Archives: Investigative reporting
Buying Influence: how the American Legislative Exchange Council uses corporate-funded “scholarships” to send lawmakers on trips with corporate lobbyists
DBA Press, Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and Common Cause release report detailing national ALEC ‘scholarship fund’ spending Download Report. “Buying Influence: how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) uses corporate-funded ‘scholarships’ to send lawmakers on trips with corporate … Continue reading →
Tracking ALEC “model legislation” through real legislatures: how to obtain copies of ALEC model legislation What is ALEC? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization (reporting about $6.5 million in annual revenue in recent … Continue reading →
We at DBA Press have noticed that it is getting harder and harder to get through a day without thinking about Charles and David Koch, the brothers from Wichita who built a multi-billion-dollar, multi-faceted, multi-national corporate empire from humble petrochemical … Continue reading →
Newly minted U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was sworn in on January 5 with unfinished business back home.
Rubio, as former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (R-Miami, 2006-2008)—as well as other state GOP lawmakers and party contributors– are currently the likely subjects of multiple wide-ranging state and federal investigations conducted by the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) into improper use of credit cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida, as well as tax evasion and improper budgetary appropriations.
One such set of appropriations/legislative actions reportedly being investigated by federal authorities are those which led to the development of the state’s largest private prison, the Blackwater River Correctional Facility (CF), which opened its gates for operation in November. The prison was designed and is operated by Florida-based Geo Group, the nation’s second largest private prison operator.
This story tracks the activities of both Geo Group and Rubio economic consultant Donna Arduin through private prison development in Florida under Governor Charlie Crist and in California under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger– as well as some strange appearances with some strange bedfellows. Continue reading →