Private Equity Moves In On Public Prisons ; Dogs Can Sniff Out Lung Cancer ; and More Picks 5/2

How Private Equity Is Turning Public Prisons Into Big Profits (Chris)

From the Nation: “In recent years, corporations have privatized almost every part of the public prison system. Now, PE firms are swooping in, seeking lavish returns for investors.”

Emails Show Trump Administration Had No Plan to Track and Reunite Separated Families (Chris)

From Slate: “‘[I]n short, no, we do not have any linkages from parents to [children], save for a handful,’ an HHS official told an ICE official in an email on June 23. ‘We have a list of parent alien numbers but no way to link them to children.’”

Guatemalan 16-Year-Old Boy Dies in US Custody After Crossing the Border (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The youth who died this week had initially shown no ‘health concerns,’ according to Border Patrol clinicians, when he was transferred from the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on April 20 to a shelter run by the Department of Health and Human Services, which houses migrant children, the statement said.”

Under New Tax Code, Oil Companies Get Rebates, Not Bills (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Despite earning billions of dollars in profits, companies such as the California oil major Chevron, the Houston independent oil companies Occidental Petroleum and EOG Resources, and the Houston oil field services company Halliburton were able to claim tens of millions in tax rebates, according to a study earlier this month by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.”

Dogs Can Sniff Out Lung Cancer With Nearly 97% Accuracy (Mili)

From BBC Science Focus: “Four beagles were taught to use their sense of smell to distinguish between the blood of healthy people and the blood of patients with malignant lung cancer. After training, three of the dogs successfully identified lung cancer samples 96.7 per cent of the time, and normal samples 97.5 per cent of the time.”

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