Source: As ICE Expands Immigrant Detention, California Lawmakers Seek Standards – Times of San Diego Trash-strewn cells, moldy showers, broken telephones, excessive use of solitary confinement, and “slimy, foul-smelling lunch meat.” These are the conditions that detainees face inside one of southern California’s largest immigration detention facilities, according to a report this month by … More California Lawmakers Seek Immigration Detention Standards – Times of San Diego
Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, he was asked a startling question, one with overtones of science fiction. “Can you foresee a day,” asked Shirley Ann Jackson, president of the college in upstate New York, “when smart machines, driven … More Software Program’s Secret Algorithms Used to Send People to Prison
Source: For-Profit College Kaplan To Refund Federal Financial Aid Under Settlement With United States The Department of Justice began investigating Kaplan after a whistleblower, Leslie Coleman, filed a quitam lawsuit under the False Claims Act accusing Kaplan of employing unqualified instructors to teach Medical Assistant courses at its San Antonio campuses. The suit alleged that … More Kaplan College To Refund Financial Aid
Debtors’ prison sounds like an archaic term — some long abandoned concept from the pages of a Charles Dickens novel. Unfortunately, modern day debtors’ prison is alive and well throughout the state of Ohio. Today across Ohio, municipalities routinely imprison those who are unable to pay fines and court costs despite a 1983 United States … More Although they are implemented differently in different courts, debtors’ prison practices still exist, potentially affecting thousands of individuals.
Source: Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws “Forced labor is a particular violation of the statute that we’ve alleged,” Free said. “Whether you’re calling it forced labor or slavery, the practical reality for the plaintiffs is much the same. You’re being compelled to work against your will … More GEO Group is accused of forcing thousands of ICE detainees into a violation of anti-slavery laws
Source: Chemical plume in groundwater extends from Navy base to city | Whidbey News-Times A mile-long plume of a chemical that’s a likely carcinogen has migrated in groundwater from a contaminated site at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to within Oak Harbor city limits. No drinking water wells are in imminent danger since the residents … More Navy finds toxic contaminants in Whidbey Island water
This year — in a departure from the typical “what are you wearing?” awards coverage — PwC plans to highlight the causes that matter to celebrities ranging from Hamilton’s Brandon Victor Dixon to Julia Ormond (“Legends of the Fall,” “Mad Men,” “Witches of East End”). Source: Oscars 2017: Purpose on the Red Carpet with Julia … More Oscars 2017: On the Red Carpet with Julia Ormond talking about the purpose that motivates her: fighting forced labor and human trafficking.
Source: ‘Modern Day Slavery’: Human Traffickers Prey on Children Sex trafficking affects all parts of the country, and the figures on hidden populations could be staggering because abuse often goes unreported, experts said. In Texas alone, 79,000 children could be victims of sexual exploitation, according to a recent University of Texas study.
DEVRY SETTLEMENT INCLUDES $100 MILLION FOR REFUNDS AND DEBT FORGIVENESS and includes: $49.4 million that the FTC will use to provide partial refunds to people who paid for DeVry classes. $50.6 million to provide loan and debt forgiveness for students who currently owe money to DeVry. The settlement requires DeVry University to forgive and cancel the … More DeVry Settles with the FTC for Refunds and Debt Forgiveness
Source: Chicago investment firm wins big bankrolling other people’s lawsuits When Chicago investment firm Gerchen Keller Capital launched in 2013, it carved out an unusual and controversial niche — bankrolling multimillion-dollar commercial lawsuits in return for a share of any judgment or settlement.