How Private Equity Is Turning Public Prisons Into Big Profits

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in The Film

A man imprisoned in Texas talks to his son via video screen during a family visit in 2015. (AP / David J. Phillip) In recent years, corporations have privatized almost every part of the public prison system. Now, PE firms are swooping in, seeking lavish returns for investors. By Tim Requarth for The NationAn in-depth article about the current state of prison profiteering five years after “Outcasts” premiered. To read the entire article, go here. When the Bellamy...

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The Future of Community Corrections

Posted by on May 1, 2019 in The Film

The future of community corrections is in jeopardy unless changes are made. This article was prepared in 2017 and supported by the signatories listed below the article Over the past 25 years, community corrections (probation and parole) caseloads have grown exponentially, exceeding 5 million people at their peak, double the number of people in prison and jail in America. Designed originally as an alternative to incarceration, community corrections has become a significant...

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Beleaguered Community Corrections Program To Close

Posted by on Apr 21, 2019 in The Film

After months of financial uncertainly and anonymous allegations that began in 2018, the John R. Hay House, one of only 20 Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) community corrections programs in the state, has opted not to renew its contract, which ends June 30, 2019. The non-profit, faith-based facility opened in 1984 to provide residential treatment for misdemeanor male offenders. Since then, its United Way funded programs have expanded to include the Brown Annex for...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in The Film

The author of this article about her experience visiting an inmate wishes to remain anonymous to protect the safety of an incarcerated friend.  I was a bit anxious… getting the kids to school about 10 minutes earlier than normal required all the moving parts to stay synchronized. Whew. Got them dropped. School traffic lightens up as I leave town. I’m careful to stay within the speed limit, then slowing when I pass through one remote school zone on the highway before I turn...

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Public Safety Act of 2016

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in The Film

Public Safety Act of 2016 In 2014, Governor Haslam established a Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety. The task force included stakeholders from across Tennessee and produced a report last year detailing recommendations to reduce crime and address the growth of the prison and jail population. Many of these recommendations were included in the recently announced multi-year public...

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Edwins Restaurant is changing the face of reentry

Posted by on Jul 24, 2016 in The Film

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, Ohio is a unique approach at giving formerly-incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry  while providing a support network necessary for a successful reentry. Started by Brandon Chrostowski, a former prisoner, who got a second chance while on probation from a mentoring chef named George. Watching as friends and family cycled in and out of the justice system, like a merry go round, Chrostowski...

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