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JPI Daily News Digest 2/22/12

CA: Obama Budget: Grow Prisons and Keep Gitmo (Mother Jones)
President Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2013 includes cuts to everything from Medicare and Medicaid to Defense and even Homeland Security. But federal prisons are among its "biggest winners," according to an analysis by the Federal Times. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is seeking a 4.2 percent increase, one of the largest of any federal agency, which would bring its total budget to more than $6.9 billion...

GA: Judge Steven Teske-A Letter to My Friends (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
A colleague recently called to complain about the criticism heaped on him for his efforts to bring detention reform to his community. He has been called a lot of names and doesn’t know if he can continue to endure the emotional pain. It made me think of others doing this work and the same painful darts they’re enduring. So I will share with you what I shared in part with him...

IL: Bad news budget: Quinn to call for prison, health care cuts (Chicago Tribune)
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver a bad-news budget today, suggesting that Illinois close numerous prisons, mental health centers and social service offices, cut health care for the poor and shut down popular tourist sites for two days a week at times during the year...

NH: Prison privatization plan has opponents (Union Leader)
Opponents of privatizing the state's prisons slammed the idea at a legislative hearing, even as contractors put the finishing touches on their bids. The bill before the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, SB 376, is narrow in scope. It would extend the work of a legislative committee reviewing the bidding process from December 2011 until May 2012...

NY: Protesting prisons-for-profit that prey on the poor, powerless immigrant detainees (NY Daily News)
Incarcerating poor, powerless people for profit is a despicable business, but it sure is profitable. “Hello Harlem, we’re here to help” reads an unintentionally ironic sign in a Wells Fargo bank, a major investor in two private prison companies, the GEO Group and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) that in 2010 made a whopping $2.9 billion in profits...

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