All posts by Brett Diehl

Framing Immigration: A Response to the NYT

The New York Times (NYT) published a brief piece over the weekend exploring the paper’s use of language in articles touching on immigration. It draws its inspiration from an in-depth article published on Tuesday that aimed to profile the 11-million individuals living without papers in

Haitians at the Border: Shifting Priorities

At the heart of a story emblematic of the bewildering confluence of rapidly evolving economic struggles and social identities occurring currently in the Americas is a group of migrants living in Tijuana, Baja California, near the Mexican-United States border. They have been grouped together as

Commentary on “President Obama’s Criminal Justice Legacy: What Went Wrong”

This commentary is inspired by Dustin Palmer’s piece “President Obama’s Criminal Justice Legacy: What Went Wrong”, which can be accessed at: http://carceralcomplex.com/2017/02/president-obamas-criminal-justice-legacy-what-went-wrong/. In the last days of his presidency, Barack Obama published a lengthy article in the Harvard Law Review (HLR). The publication’s former head

Privatized Prison Services: Food

Much ink was spilled in the days after the election over how the stocks of the two largest private prison companies, GEO Group Inc. and Corrections Corp, jumped in the wake of Trump’s victory. High hopes for the companies’ bottom lines rest primarily on the

Double Punishment: Deportation After Incarceration

In 2013, over 73,000 individuals in US state or federal prisons were not US citizens. That figure represented roughly 5% percent of those institutions’ population at the time. Many, if not most, of those individuals face deportation upon completing their sentence. I first became aware

A Damning Window Inside Immigration Courts

News emerged this week about various accusations made against justices in US immigration courts. While the headlines were consumed by news that the specific identities of the justices had been accidentally disclosed, perhaps the more alarming information contained within the stories is the functioning of