California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers | Fox News

“These Wall Street-owned for-profit, private facilities inhumanely treat people as commodities. These companies are incentivized to maximize profits and minimize costs — including the important ‘costs’ of investments in programs, services and rehabilitation efforts that reduce recidivism rates and increase success for Californians upon their reentry into society,” said Assemblyman Bonta. California became dependent on private … More California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers | Fox News

The $1 Per Day Issue | Merion West

However, some detainees have suggested that though work may nominally be voluntary, a variety of pressures exist to prod detainees into choosing the work option. This often takes the form of using commissary items as the bargaining chip. To this effect, Wilhen Hill Barrientos, a detainee from Guatemala who lived at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia (and who … More The $1 Per Day Issue | Merion West

Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Oct. 1 slapped rare detention orders on goods imported from an unprecedented five countries in one day based on allegations that people producing those items might be children, or adults subjected to forced labor. The orders are used to hold shipping containers at the U.S. ports of entry until … More Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor

What to Know About Missing a Student-Loan Payment Default and delinquency are handled differently for federal and private loans

With federal loans, a borrower becomes delinquent the first day after missing a payment. Even if the borrower misses only one monthly payment and then starts making payments again, the loan account remains delinquent until the borrower repays the past-due amount or makes other arrangements, according to the Federal Student Aid office’s website, studentaid.gov. Those … More What to Know About Missing a Student-Loan Payment Default and delinquency are handled differently for federal and private loans

Belva Lockwood is the most badass American hero you don’t know — Quartz

The first woman to argue at the US Supreme Court had to petition the president to get her law degree. In 1876, she sought to practice in the highest court in the land. The high court refused to admit her, stating, “none but men are permitted to practice before [us] as attorneys and counselors.” Obviously, … More Belva Lockwood is the most badass American hero you don’t know — Quartz

Payouts for Vegas Victims “a cold, mathematical calculation”

“It is a cold, mathematical calculation,” said attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who has administered payouts for the nation’s highest–profile tragedies but isn’t involved in the Las Vegas settlement. “Forget courage and integrity. Those are characteristics to ask a priest or rabbi, not the administrator of a fund.” Attorneys announced Thursday that MGM Resorts International settled with the families … More Payouts for Vegas Victims “a cold, mathematical calculation”

Supreme Court gives lawyers 2 minutes with no interruptions – CNNPolitics

Lawyers standing before the Supreme Court now will have at least two minutes to talk before justices rip their arguments apart. “The Court generally will not question lead counsel for petitioners (or appellants) and respondents (or appellees) during the first two minutes of argument. The white light on the lectern will illuminate briefly at the … More Supreme Court gives lawyers 2 minutes with no interruptions – CNNPolitics

‘Harry. Stay Awake.’ Supreme Court Justices Caught Passing Notes.

“Harry. Stay awake,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote to Justice Harry Blackmun during the final argument of the 1990-91 term, on whether the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act allowed town supervisors to restrict aerial spraying over a rural Wisconsin tree farm. (It did.) During a December 1974 argument, Justice William O. Douglas proved himself a … More ‘Harry. Stay Awake.’ Supreme Court Justices Caught Passing Notes.

U.S. judge blocks Trump rule on migrant child detention – Reuters

The judge disagreed. RELATED COVERAGE Legal setback for Trump administration plan to speed some deportations “This regulation is inconsistent with one of the primary goals of the Flores Agreement, which is to instate a general policy favoring release and expeditiously place minors ‘in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the minor’s age and special needs,’” … More U.S. judge blocks Trump rule on migrant child detention – Reuters