From the press release:
Operation Streamline, a policy begun in 2005 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in conjunction with the Department of Justice (DOJ), mandates that nearly all undocumented immigrants apprehended near the southern border in designated areas be detained and prosecuted through the federal criminal justice system, a dramatic departure from previous practices when most immigration cases were handled exclusively within the civil immigration system. …
…Operation Streamline’s key component is that it mandates that immigrants crossing the border in designated areas be arrested, detained while awaiting trial, prosecuted with a misdemeanor or felony charge, incarcerated in the federal justice system, and finally deported….Operation Streamline has exposed undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border to unprecedented rates of incarceration; overburdened the federal criminal justice system in the districts where it has been implemented; and added enormous costs to the American taxpayer while providing a boon to the for-profit private prison industry.
…….Across the country, states have been closing such places for years, moving people with mental disabilities into community homes and out of the institutions that defined care of the developmentally disabled for much of the 20th century.
…. Nationwide, the number of developmentally disabled people in institutions has been falling for decades as the country’s attitudes and laws have evolved. The shift culminated in a 1999 Supreme Court decision that said “confinement in an institution severely diminishes the everyday life activities of individuals.”
Although several states have closed all of their large institutions, most still operate some. The number they house has fallen to about 33,000, from 186,743 in 1970 and 84,239 in 1990, according to the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota.
Indiana’s human services agency says it found problems with IBM Corp.’s takeover of welfare intake services early in the project and suggested delays, but yielded to the company’s wishes to expand the project.
IBM, meanwhile, claims the Family and Social Services Administration seized more than $9 million worth of its computers, servers and office furniture without paying for them after Gov. Mitch Daniels fired the technology giant last year.
Los Angeles officials face opposition from organized labor and some City Council members over a proposal to contract out billing and collections for the fire department’s emergency medical services.
……. The two-part proposal includes a $10-million, six-year contract with Scan Health Inc., better known as Sansio, for the computer system. Under a separate six-year contract, the city would pay Advanced Data Processing Inc. up to 5.5% of net collections revenue to handle billing and collections.
…… An In These Times investigation shows that the bill’s promoters are as equally dedicated to border politics as they are to promoting the fortunes of private prison companies, like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and Geo Group, which stand to reap substantial profits as more undocumented residents end up in jail.
…. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ALEC bills itself as “the nation’s largest bipartisan, individual membership association of state legislators” and as a public-private legislative partnership. As such, ALEC claims as members more than 2,000 state lawmakers (one-third of the nation’s total legislators) and more than 200 corporations and special-interest groups.
…. Looking at the numbers, it is easy to see why the private-prison industry is eager to expand into immigrant detentions. According to ICE Public Affairs Officer Gillian Brigham, in fiscal year 2009, ICE detained 383,524 individuals, with an average daily prisoner population of 32,098 spread across the nation’s 270 immigrant detention centers.
For over a decade DC 37 and Local 420 have been beating back continual attempts by the city and the Health and Hospitals Corp. to privatize public hospital laundry work and close the Brooklyn Central Laundry.
The latest threat would shift the jobs to a private, out-of-state company, Angelica Textile Services of New Jersey, which has been trying to take over the laundry service for many years. HHC President Alan D. Aviles announced the plan May 11 as part of a broad restructuring and cost containment proposal aimed at ending the hospital system’s recurring budget problems. The current gap is projected at over $1 billion.
In February 2009, District Council 37 released “Massive Waste at a Time of Need,” a White Paper that demonstrated the waste in contracting out and called for replacing the outsourcing with a more accountable and reliable city workforce. Using city employees would improve service delivery, save taxpayers’ money and provide jobs in communities citywide through the civil service system.
More workers are needed to cope with the huge lines at city Food Stamp centers, but — according to the January plan for Fiscal Year 2011 — Mayor Bloomberg plans to raise contract spending by more than $250 million, from $9.2 billion annually to $9.5 billion, while cutting services, increasing the burden on taxpayers and eliminating thousands of city workers through attrition and layoffs.
Agencies that help Texans renew their automobile registration, draw unemployment benefits and apply for food stamps and Medicaid face crushing demands, even as their technology contractor can’t provide mundane services, a top state official said Monday.
….. Referrring to a troubled $863 million state contract with IBM, Swedberg described to a House budget panel “a major backlog of work requests” that he said haven’t been heeded by the contractor.
Many, he said, are day-to-day requests, such as adding memory to a server, restoring a file or resetting a password. It’s “frustrating … and more importantly, affects the agencies’ ability to serve citizens,” he said.
The Village of Oak Park appears set to outsource elementary school crossing guards in a move that it says could save taxpayers about $141,000.
……..The village’s current crossing guards are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. Calls to the crossing guards’ union representative were not returned. Spataro said village officials planned to meet with AFSCME this week to see if the union wants to make a counter offer or negotiate anything else in the event of outsourcing.