Cashing in on Convicts: Privatization, Punishment, and the People

Cashing in on Convicts: Privatization, Punishment, and the People

56 PagesPosted: 20 Jun 2017

Laura I. Appleman

Willamette University College of Law

Date Written: February 28, 2017

Abstract

For-profit prisons, jails, and alternative corrections present a disturbing commodification of the criminal justice system. Though part of a modern trend, privatized corrections has well-established roots traceable to slavery, Jim Crow, and current racially-based inequities. This monetizing of the physical incarceration and regulation of human bodies has had deleterious effects on offenders, communities, and the proper functioning of punishment in our society. Criminal justice privatization severs an essential link between the people and criminal punishment. When we remove the imposition of punishment from the people and delegate it to private actors, we sacrifice the core criminal justice values of expressive, restorative retribution, the voice and interests of the community, and systemic transparency and accountability. This Article shows what we lose when we allow private, for-profit entities to take on the traditional community function of imposing and regulating punishment. By banking on bondage, private prisons and jails remove the local community from criminal justice, and perpetuate the extreme inequities within the criminal system. Continue reading

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Special Operations Contracting: 21st Century Approaches for Service and Technology Acquisition

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Ukraine Recalls Serbian Ambassador Over Mercenaries

Ukraine Recalls Serbian Ambassador Over Mercenaries

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Alleges 300 Serbs Fighting Against Kyiv Forces

Ukraine Recalls Serbian Ambassador Over Mercenaries
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Ukraine has recalled its ambassador to Belgrade, Serbia to protest Serbian mercenaries allegedly fighting for pro-Russian rebels in the Donbass region of East Ukraine. In return, Serbia recalled its ambassador to Kyiv for ‘consultations’.

Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told reporters on Friday that there had been “some disturbances” to ties with Ukraine, after he held talks in Belgrade with the Serbian ambassador. “I want to say clearly that Serbia respects Ukraine’s (territorial) integrity,” Dacic was quoted as saying by the N1 television channel, reported AFP. Continue reading

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Belgrade considering 45 cases against Serbian mercenaries fighting in Ukraine, Syria

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Several dozen citizens of Serbia are members of illegal armed groups in Ukraine and Syria, the prosecutor’s office of Belgrade is considering a total of 45 cases against mercenaries, according to the local newspaper Politika. Continue reading

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Growing number of German & intl fighters join Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion – report

Growing number of German & intl fighters join Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion – report

Growing number of German & intl fighters join Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion – report
Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion is reportedly gaining traction in Europe, especially Germany. Over 2,500 foreign mercenaries are currently fighting on their side in E. Ukraine – three times more than in 2014, Spiegel reports, citing security authorities.

Ultra-nationalist Azov Battalion members distribute flyers to recruit new members at neo-Nazi events across Europe, German magazine Spiegel claims. Their promotional campaign appears to be effective, as “more and more mercenaries” are joining in to “save Europe from extinction.” Continue reading

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UAE grants $45m in aid to Colombia

UAE grants $45m in aid to Colombia

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Amid reports that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had hired Colombian mercenaries in the fight against Houthis, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Saturday that the UAE will disburse $45 million in aid to his country.

Santos remarks came in a meeting on Saturday with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed.

On Saturday, Santos started a two-day state visit to the UAE, in an effort to enhance the economic trade relations between the two countries.

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New NSC Chief Intel Officer’s Links to Erik Prince Raises Questions

New NSC Chief Intel Officer’s Links to Erik Prince Raises Questions

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By Brian Freeman    |   Monday, 13 Nov 2017 10:58 AM

The elevation of former CIA officer Michael Barry to become the National Security Council’s chief intelligence officer has led to speculation that it is due to his connection with controversial security contractor Erik Prince, BuzzFeed News reported on Monday.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has promised to make his agency more “vicious,” and Barry reportedly once worked on a secret CIA assassination program meant to target terrorists that was contracted to Prince. Continue reading

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DynCorp International Inc.’s Parent Reports Results for Third Quarter 2017

DynCorp International Inc.’s Parent Reports Results for Third Quarter 2017

  • Revenue of $503.0 million
  • Net income attributable to Delta Tucker Holdings, Inc. of $4.4 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $38.1 million
  • Total backlog of $4.4 billion
  • DSO of 56 days

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Delta Tucker Holdings, Inc. (“Holdings”), the parent of DynCorp International Inc. (“DI,” and together with Holdings, the “Company”), a leading global services provider, today reported third quarter 2017 financial results.

“Our strong performance through September of this year coupled with good visibility for the fourth quarter, allows us to raise our full year 2017 Adjusted EBITDA guidance range to $148 million to $150 million. Our updated guidance includes the contribution from the INL Air Wing program.”

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The Future of Contract Soldiers

The Future of Contract Soldiers

by Davis Narwold

Journal Article | November 6, 2017 – 6:56am

The Future of Contract Soldiers

Davis Narwold

By the end of July 1994, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans had been killed in a hundred-day period historians refer to as the Rwandan genocide.  Blocked by U.N. regulations and lengthy international deliberations, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda failed to save lives. Early in the genocide, the British company Sandline International, staffed largely by former British military, offered to deploy 1,500 employees to Rwanda to create safe havens and prevent further killings, at the cost of $150 million. To put that number in perspective, $150 million would have accounted for roughly 10% of the estimated $1.4 billion emergency assistance funds donated the following year by the international community for Rwandese refugees and displaced persons. Had the U.N. acted decisively, Sandline International could have provided safe zones that would have saved thousands of lives for a relatively low cost while reducing the number of displaced Rwandans. Continue reading

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Two Unexpected Ways in Which Mercenaries Affected Ancient Battles

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Two Unexpected Ways in Which Mercenaries Affected Ancient Battles

This hadn’t occurred to me until I was reading a volume of ancient military history.

By Thomas E. Ricks

| November 14, 2017, 10:10 AM

Gold coins from the Roman town of Pompeii on display in Chicago, Illinois on Oct. 18, 2005. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gold coins from the Roman town of Pompeii on display in Chicago, Illinois on Oct. 18, 2005. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

This hadn’t occurred to me until I was reading a volume of ancient military history. Mercenaries and allies — the distinction was sometimes hazy — were essential to most militaries throughout time. And they wanted their pay. That meant bringing along cash money, usually in chests, to pay them and keep them in the fight. Continue reading

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