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September 2010

Court appearance for T. Don Hutto's accused groping guard

A former guard at Corrections Corporation of America's T. Don Hutto detention center, Donald Charles Dunn, who was accused of multiple charges of groping female prison inmates had his first court appearance Wednesday morning. The Williamson County chief criminal prosecutor stated that this appearance will be some pretrial housekeeping to make sure Dunn has a lawyer lined up. Dunn faces multiple misdemeanor charges for his misconduct while acting as a guard in CCA's T. Don Hutto immigrant detention facility.  ("Accused groper has his first court date Wednesday," Brad Stutzman, Round Rock Reader, September 6, 2010)
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Immigrant detained at MTC's Willacy County Processing Center escapes, is quickly captured

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immigrant detained at MTC's Willacy County Processing Center escaped briefly on Tuesday, drawing a response by local and federal law enforcement officials, according to a story by Michael Barajas at the Valley Morning Star ("Detainee escapes from agents during doctor's appointment," September 1),
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CCA spends $240K lobbying federal agencies, against transparancy in second quarter

Corrections Corporation of America spent $240,000 in the second quarter of 2010 lobbying federal agencies and against transparency legislation that would subject private prisons to similar freedom of information act requests as publicly-operated facilities, according to an article ("Corrections Corp. spent $240,000 on 2Q lobbying," September 1) in Business Week,

Prison operator Corrections Corp. of America spent $240,000 lobbying federal officials in the second quarter. That's down slightly from the $250,000 it spent on lobbying in the first quarter of 2010 and the $260,000 it spent lobbying in the second quarter of last year.

The company said it lobbied on issues related to the private prison industry and on all provisions of the Safe Prisons Communications Act of 2009 and the Private Prison Information Act of 2009, among other topics.

Aside from Congress, Corrections Corp. also lobbied the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement in the April-to-June quarter, according to a report filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives on July 20.

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