How a Crackdown on MS-13 Caught Up Innocent High School Students Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature The Trump administration went after gang members — and instead destroyed the American dreams of immigrant teenagers around the country. Alex in La Libertad, Honduras. Credit Credit Natalie Keyssar for The New York Times Supported by ByHannah Dreier Dec. 27, 2018 This article is a collaboration between The Times and ProPublica, the independent nonprofit investigative-journalism organization. When Alex walked into school on June 14, 2017, it felt as if summer had already started. He didn’t have regular classes, just a standardized math test in the late morning. The other immigrant students in the bilingual program at Huntington High were crowded in a hallway comparing their plans for the break — most already had jobs lined up — and promising to stay in touch. Classmates came up to … [Read more...] about How a Crackdown on MS-13 Caught Up Innocent High School Students
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Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Chapter 1 “Inmates Run This Bitch” Chapter 2 Prison Experiments Chapter 3 The CCA Way Chapter 4 “You Got to Survive” Chapter 5 Lockdown Chapter 1: “Inmates Run This Bitch” Have you ever had a riot?” I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). I take a breath. Am I really going to become a prison guard? Now that it might actually happen, it feels scary and a bit extreme. From the editor: Why we sent a reporter to work as a private prison guard I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation’s 1.6 million prisoners. As a journalist, it’s nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it’s usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. … [Read more...] about My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation
Kathleen Gray Detroit Free Press Published 7:19 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 The 2017 local elections were the first sign for Vicki Barnett that Democrats were going to see gains in the 2018 campaign cycle. Democrats picked up seats on city councils in the traditionally Republican bastions of Novi, Troy, Rochester and Farmington. And the new housing going up in places like Milford and Commerce Township was attracting a breed of voter that was more moderate, well-educated and tired of the hostile rhetoric coming from Washington D.C. and President Donald Trump. The slew of Democrats elected to office on Tuesday wasn’t enough to shift the Republican majorities in the state House of Representatives or Senate, but those margins did significantly shrink. And Democrats picked up the governor's seat with Gretchen Whitmer's victory, ended a nearly 30-year drought in the Secretary of State's office with Jocelyn Benson's win and Dana Nessel was clinging to a narrow lead in the race for … [Read more...] about Democrats fail to flip Michigan House or Senate
By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Photo Illustration by MASSIMO GAMMACURTA Whenever I land in a new country, before I’ve even left the arrivals hall, my mind turns to shopping. Not the boutiques or cosmetics counters, no duty-free sunglasses and designer perfumes for me. No, the pressing calculus as I make my way to baggage claim is driven by drugstores, kiosks, supermarkets and vending machines. In a new port of call, I like to know what sort of candy I’m dealing with. As with breakfast foods, I believe candy is often tastier the less expensive it is. I like my confections approachable. Low-rent. Basic. Shot through with … [Read more...] about These Are the World’s Best Candies. Want to Fight About It?
Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with 11 tattoos and a cleanshaven head, Sorenson is probably the only state senator to have ever been mistaken for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. That happened during his first stop on the penal turnpike, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“The MCC”) in Chicago, an administrative facility with maximum-security lodging where the “fish” was viewed warily by fellow inmates. A white supremacist, they figured, sizing him up. It didn’t take long—as soon as … [Read more...] about Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.