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Rick Scott Strikes Deal with Private Prison Company

In a recent wave of bad legislation, Gov. Rick Scott struck a multi-million dollar deal with, Corizon Inc., a private prison medical care company that is expected to cut over 1,700 workers from the existing state prison workforce. … Read more.


Kentucky Puts an End to Private Prisons

The State of Kentucky is withdrawing from the private sector of inmate facilities. On Tuesday, the state announced they are not renewing their contract with the privately-owned prison giant, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), for the upcoming year. … Read more.

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Adolescent Deaths Linked to Monster Energy Drinks

Energy drink companies are known to market their products using flashy labels, trendy names, and imagery, ultimately appealing to a younger crowd. Adolescents may not be fully aware of the health risks associated with the overconsumption of energy drinks, making the marketing scheme by energy drink companies a dangerous deception. … Read more.


Chrysler Agrees to Issue Recall on Faulty Jeeps

Chrysler has finally agreed to recall over 1.5 million older-model Jeep SUVs. The company had declined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) initial request due to their increased risks of fire occurring from rear-end collisions. Chrysler negotiated the recall and came to an agreement with NHTSA last week. … Read more.


Major Corporations Cheating Employees Out of Their Pay

The practice of paying hourly and wage workers using prepaid cards is growing. The New York Times reported yesterday that the practice, which had originally started small and was enduring staunch backlash, has been taken up by companies like Wal-Mart, Taco Bell, and Walgreen. These cards do little to help the workers paid through them access their wages more easily. … Read more.

Joshua is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire.