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Prisons: Connecting the Dots

An example of how CCA promotes its agenda and parlays its political connections can be seen in states such as Arizona, which recently passed the nation’s toughest immigration-enforcement law. In January, the same month Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce introduced SB1070, CCA hired HighGround, a powerful lobbying firm in Phoenix,…

Prisons: The Industry Leaders

Prisons: The Industry Leaders Corrections Corporation of America Headquarters Nashville, Tenn. No. of facilities: 65 in 19 states, including the District of Columbia No. of prison beds: 86,916 No. of employees: 17,425 2009 revenue $1.68 billion GEO Group Headquarters Boca Raton, Fla. No. of facilities: 62 in the U.S., Australia,…

Discrimination by Any Other Name Is Still Illegal

Discrimination Placement agency cannot hide behind code; settles case for catering to its clients’ discriminatory requests. A placement agency wanted to please its clients. When clients requested preference for no older people, Blacks, Asians, Latinos, people with disabilities, etc., the agency allegedly complied. Knowing that discrimination in placement is illegal,…

Changeand What Is Possible for People With Disabilities

I broke my neck body surfing on New Year’s Eve while vacationing in Puerto Rico. The year was 1980, nearly 30 years ago. After a nine-month recovery at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation in New York, I began my life anew as a C5-C6 quadriplegic using a powered wheelchair. In…

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Struck Down by U.S. District Court

A national gay-and-lesbian Republican grassroots political group, the “Log Cabin Republicans,” was victorious in its lawsuit asserting that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy (DADT) violates the Fifth and First Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The ruling, likely to be appealed, comes at a time when President Barack Obama has…

Key Findings From the EEOC Report

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s annual report on the federal workforce shows that the percentage of men among federal employees dropped to 55.9 percent in fiscal year 2009, from 57.7 percent in 2000, while women increased to 44.1 percent from 42.3 percent. Additionally, for the first time since 1995, the…