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Ailing shoplifter dies after private prison transport forces 1,000-mile trip in cramped van

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The Miami-Dade Police Department has opened an investigation into a private prison transport company after a woman who had shoplifted died in its cramped van during a grueling 1,000 mile trip.

Tennessee-based Prisoner Transportation Services of America was given the job of transporting 54-year-old Denise Isaacs from Kentucky to Punta Gorda, Florida after her probation was revoked over a shoplifting accusation, The Miami Herald reported.

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During stop at a Miami-Dade Taco Bell, transport officers noticed that she was slumped over. So they first called their superiors at Prisoner Transportation Services of America in Tennessee. And then they called 911, but it was too late.

“I knew she wouldn’t be able to make a trip like that because of her weakness and pain,” Isaacs’ daughter, Kallie, told the paper.

Sources told The Miami Herald that Isaacs had suffered hallucinations during the trip. She reportedly drank little water, and refused a meal just hours before she died.

Isaacs had been arrested in 2012 for stealing $1,200 worth of merchandise from a Port Charlotte Walmart. She pleaded no contest, and was allowed to return to Kentucky under the supervision of corrections officers. But when the Florida Department of Corrections found that she had not completed her 200 hours of community service, and still owed $607.90 in restitution, it revoked her probation.

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Her daughter said that she had not been given her psychiatric medication, and had been complaining about hallucinations after she was taken into custody.

A spokesperson for the private transport company called Kallie Isaacs after her mother’s death to insist that she had been cleared by a doctor to make the 1,000 mile journey shackled in a cramped van with 10 other inmates.

“They shouldn’t have let her make the trip in that condition, knowing she was not eating, knowing she was hallucinating,” Kallie Isaacs noted. “They should have left her here [in Kentucky] and given her medical attention.”

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Prisoner Transportation Services of America calls itself the “nation’s largest prisoner extradition company and one of the largest international transporters of detainees.” It claims to transport more than 10,000 detainees each year.

“We can move your prisoner at less cost than if you did it yourself,” the company promises on its website.

But the death of Isaacs raised questions about whether governments were hiring unqualified personnel in an effort to save money.

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“They let someone die on their watch, and this should not have happened,” In the Public Interest executive director Donald Cohen, who studies privatization, told The Miami Herald.


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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

Photos from the protest:

1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.

"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."

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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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