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Alzheimer’s Disease: The Longest Goodbye (23 mins)

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. There is no known cause, and no cure. Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll on those diagnosed with the disease and their families. Join HCTV as we hear people living with Alzheimer’s, family members, health professionals and advocates tell us how they cope with this progressive illness in Alzheimer’s Disease: The Longest Goodbye.

Open for Business: How to Start Up in Henrico (16 mins)

Henrico is open for business, and we know our corporate neighbors — large and small — enhance our community and quality of life. Our strong business climate is due in part to the ease with which local entrepreneurs can get established. Henrico agencies work with our start-up business owners to make the process fast and user-friendly. Join HCTV as we walk through the process and meet some business owners who turned their enterprise ideas into reality right here in Henrico.

A Day in the Life: A Reenactment of the Battle at New Market Heights (21 mins)

On September 29, 1864, on fields south of New Market Road, African-American soldiers serving in the U.S. Colored Troops led an assault against Richmond’s outer ring of defenses. One-hundred fifty years later, Henrico County brought the day back to life. More than 100 acres of Henrico farmland were transformed into the New Market Heights battlefield. Nearly 1,000 reenactors traveled from around the country to recreate the battle of New Market Heights. Watch how Henrico County bears witness — both then and now — to a significant moment in American history.

Forging Freedom: The Story of Gabriel’s Rebellion (29 mins)

Were it not for a typical late summer storm in Central Virginia, the events planned for August 30, 1800 might have changed the history of our country forever. A slave named Gabriel, owned by Thomas Henry Prosser of Brookfield plantation, conceived and organized a widespread slave uprising. Involving several Virginia localities, it was possibly the most far-reaching slave uprising planned in the history of the South. The plan might have succeeded had it not been for a sudden, severe downpour and the disclosure of the plot by several slaves, including Tom and Pharoah, who belonged to Mosby Sheppard of Meadow Farm. The alarm went out and the rebellion was thwarted. The effects of the conspiracy were profound and as a result, county and state leaders instituted legislation to regulate the movement of slaves and free blacks. Join HCTV as we tell the story of Gabriel and the failed insurrection in Forging Freedom: The Story of Gabriel’s Rebellion.

The Elko Files: History and Mystery in Eastern Henrico (21 mins)

The Elko tract in eastern Henrico County is a place where you can’t always believe what you see. It’s also a place of purpose, reinvention and promise. What remains today has been called a “lost city,” and much has been speculated about its past. The Elko name marks a middle school and a community center, and with land for further development, the tract remains a vital part of Henrico’s plan for the future. Join HCTV as we explore the mysteries and misunderstandings of the Elko Files.

The Story of Mercer Hugh Cosby Farm (20 mins)

The Mercer Hugh Cosby Farm, located in western Henrico County, has been part of one family’s story for five generations. Significant for its ownership by one African-American family dating back to the late 1800s, Mercer Hugh Cosby built the farmhouse in the 1880s on 52-acres. Today, the Cosby farm teems with cornstalks and other crops — and it gives barely notice to the suburban development that’s sprung up nearby. Join HCTV as we learn more about this family of farmers, educators and preservationist and its notable place in Henrico’s history.

Taking to the Sky: First Ladies of Aviation (26 mins)

In 1903, the Wright Brothers harnessed the mystery of flight. Male-dominated American aviators began to explore the skies and capture the imagination. But before long, women stepped forward with their own spirit of adventure. Join HCTV as we meet Martha C. West, Genevieve Krimm Orange and Maude “Maxine” Walker who found their passion for flying and a desire to go beyond the traditional roles expected of women.

Pride and Precision: The Honor Guards of Henrico County (15 mins)

With polish and precision, the honor guards of Henrico County lead by quiet example and command respect for the flags of our nation, state and county. They also help honor the men and women who serve and sacrifice for us all. The Police and Fire divisions and the Sheriff’s Office each has its own ceremonial unit. They continue a proud military tradition that dates to 1784 and the end of the American Revolution.

When the Clock Strikes Twelve: New Year’s Traditions (29 mins)

Remember, reflect, resolve, renew — our New Year’s traditions help us do all of these things. But before you can have the tradition, you need to have the New Year. Why do we celebrate the first of January? And how did all of these traditions get started? From Auld Lang Syne and champagne toasts, to Times Square, black-eyed peas and Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, learn about all things New Year in HCTV’s When the Clock Strikes Twelve: New Year’s Traditions.

A Henrico Holiday (16 mins)

Celebrate the holidays with HCTV as we explore the sights and sounds of the season right here in Henrico. Join us on the James River to see the spectacular Parade of Lights. Travel back to a simpler time with the “Holiday Song & Dance Movie Night” at the Henrico Theatre, and visit some of the most decked out, decorated homes around. Embrace all the splendor of the season in A Henrico Holiday.

Frozen in Time: The Ruins of the James River Steam Brewery (23 mins)

The arched cellar entrance of David Yuengling Junior’s once mighty James River Steam Brewery is a portal to an amazing tale that lies buried in a Rocketts Landing hillside, nearly forgotten for a century. The mysterious facade bears no trace of the famous name or the tumultuous times during which an American staple, lager beer, was produced on a massive scale right here in Henrico County. Join HCTV for a journey into the cellars and back in time.

Underage Drinking: Adult Consequences (17 mins)

Keeping alcohol out of the hands of underage drinkers is a team effort. Parents, school officials, law enforcement and community partners have joined together to teach tweens to twenties about the health risks and legal consequences that can result from a moment of poor judgment. HCTV talks to the experts about the steps they are taking to keep our young people safe.

Four Centuries of Conflict and Confusion: The History of Dutch Gap (22 mins)

The history of Dutch Gap and the people who lived there spans four centuries of conflict and confusion. The Dutch Gap canal, located on the James River near the 17th-century Citie of Henricus, was originally constructed during the Civil War to shortcut the seven-mile loop around Farrar’s Island. Join HCTV as we learn about Dutch Gap, how it got its name, and the many wars and battles fought throughout its history.

Dr. William C. Bosher, Jr.: The Man Behind the Bow Tie (35 mins)

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Farmville, VA detention center to become largest immigration detention facility in the mid-Atlantic region

The Washington Post published an article Sunday, Oct. 5 on the construction of a 1,040 bed, immigrant detention facility in Farmville, Virginia. The $21 million project, led by a group of Richmond investors, is being described as what could be the “mid-Atlantic hub” for ICE operations. According to WaPo, the town ” expects too receive about $322,000 a year in revenue by collecting $1 per detainee per day,” with an “additional $425,000 would stream into Farmville and neighboring Prince Edward County by way of taxes and fees, buttressing Farmville’s annual budget of about $24 million.” The facility will create about 200 jobs that average $48,00 a year in salary benefits, the newspaper also reported.

Farmville, already is a base to hold immigrant detainees, housing them at Piedmont Regional Jail. WaPo reported that the “$63 rate lower than that of many of the state’s jails. While Piedmont charges $46.25 to house ICE detainees, rates in Northern Virginia range from $64 per detainee per day in Prince William County to $113 in Alexandria.”

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Richmond Investors Plan to Cash in on Immigrant Detainees

Changing immigration enforcement policy has left federal authorities struggling to cope with rapidly rising numbers of detainees. A controversial partnership in Farmville, VA proposes to address the crisis with a 1,040 bed, for-profit immigrant detention center.

During 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has conducted raids of historic proportions, arresting hundreds of undocumented workers at a time in Iowa, California, Mississippi and most recently, South Carolina. Virginia has not been immune to this trend. 2008 saw a sharp increase in ICE activity with raids in Amelia, Harrisonburg, northern Virginia and the high-profile arrest of 33 construction workers at the nearly completed Richmond federal courthouse.

ICE, a federal agency hastily created under the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of September 11th, is floundering as they try to cope with this influx, creating dangerous conditions for those detained. Recent investigations by the Washington Post and New York Times thoroughly document a pattern of medical neglect in ICE detention that has resulted in dozens of preventable deaths.

A partnership between ICE, the city of Farmville, VA and a private company proposes to address this crisis with a new 1,000-plus bed immigrant detention center in the small, southside Virginia town. Immigration Centers of America – Farmville (ICA) plans to break ground on October 15th and be operational by June of 2009.

Information about ICA and their qualifications to run a detention facility has been withheld from the public. The company, owned by two real estate developers and the CEO of a company that sells industrial mixers to bakeries, does not have a web site.

According to the Virginia Corporation Commission website, they first filed in June of 2007. This was just one month before the first of two grants was requested from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, a state-administered fund whose stated purpose is “to make payments to farmers to compensate for the decline of tobacco quotas and to promote economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities.” The fund awarded the projects two grants totaling nearly $600,000 to pay for water, sewer, roads, parking lots and fencing.

Spokesperson Tim Pfohl said the grants were awarded based on a formula that projects how quickly a community will “recapture” the grant monies in the form of tax revenues. When questioned on the qualifications of ICA to manage this facility, he said, “Our job is not to weigh their ability to do the job. That is for the federal folks to figure out. We accept the receipt of a federal contract as proof of their qualifications.”

But during an October 2nd interview, ICE spokesperson Richard Rocha denied that there is any commitment yet by the federal government to house prisoners at the Farmville facility. “We have only signed a transportation agreement with Farmville so far. We have not committed to using any facility if it was built. We are, however, working with the city to ensure that any facility built would be to ICE standards.” When asked about the qualifications of ICA to run the facility, Rocha said, “It would be premature to talk about staffing or process, but our only contract is with the city of Farmville. You will have to talk to the town manager.”

Gerald Spates, Farmville town manager, had this to say about ICA, “Well, I’ll grant you, they are new at this, but they have been trying to get this project going for five years. The key is in the highly qualified personnel that they will bring in.” He suggested contacting ICA directly but also agreed to respond to a series of question about the background of ICA, the roster of upper-level employees that they plan to bring in and the financial arrangements by October 7th. He failed to provide any of this information and has not returned phone calls since then.

An unidentified spokesperson at the offices of ICA declined to answer any questions and said that all information about the plans would have to come from Gerald Spates. A call to real estate developer and partner in ICA Warren Coleman resulted in this statement, “We have a policy of not giving any information about this project. All of that has to come from ICE.”

“We’ve been hearing horror stories about detainees being put into prison with other criminals when all they have done is be here without documentation. Our goal is to keep them safe,” Spates continued, “But I want to be honest with you. We do stand to gain financially from this.”

During a public meeting in Farmville, ICA spokesperson Ken Newsome projected that at 85% capacity the facility will generate $322,000 annually in fees for the City in addition to an estimated $450,000 in tax revenue for Farmville and Prince Edward County. According to the Washington Post, if the facility does run at the projected capacity, ICA stands to gross $20 million in federal tax dollars annually.

Privately-run immigrant detention centers of this type have been plagued by scandal, lawsuits and controversy. The private-prison watchdog group Grassroots Leadership, has documented a pattern of abuses. They cite examples including a center in Elizabeth New Jersey that was shut down temporarily when immigrants were awarded $2.5 million in damages after an investigation showed that poorly trained guards served rotting food and physically and mentally abused prisoners. ICE turned the facility over to Correctional Corporation of America (CCA), despite this group also having a documented history of abuses in its facilities. In March of last year, nearly 1,000 immigrant prisoners in the 1,500 bed facility run by CCA in Lumpkin, GA, went on a hunger strike protesting conditions including lack of medical care.

Private companies like ICA profit from inefficiency in the immigrant detention system. A recent article by the Washington Post documents immigrants languishing in ICE custody for months even after signing a voluntary deportation order. This means more days of space “purchased” from companies like ICA at taxpayer expense.

The demand for these spaces is at an all-time high with the recent increase in ICE raids and all indications are that it will continue to rise. Under the Secure Communities plan, ICE will be expanding enforcement efforts and initiating deportation proceedings against any noncitizen, documented or not, who is arrested.

Viable alternatives to immigrant incarceration do exist at a fraction of the cost. With their Appearance Assistance Program, the Vera Institute for Justice achieved a 93% appearance rate in court including final appearances at a cost of $12 a day. ICA’s $63 dollar per day rate is at the low end of the range of per diem charges in the region where Alexandria tops the list at $113 daily.

Shenandoah Valley community organizer Patrick Lincoln questions the role of corporate lobbyists in setting immigration policy, “The criminalization of immigrants is about feeding a profit driven prison system. It’s no coincidence that alarm about immigration has mirrored a national decrease in crime, a slow-down in the growth of the prison system and a shrinking in the profits of companies like the Corrections Corporation of America.”

Community activists express concerns about the impact plans for the prison are having on the immigrant community in Virginia. Prince William County (PWC) is the most noteworthy in a series of new state and local level laws that target immigrants. Despite vigorous community opposition, the PWC board of supervisors unanimously passed a resolution that denies social services to immigrants and increase powers of local law enforcement officers to inquire into immigration status. This trend, along with the increase in ICE raids has helped to create a climate of fear among immigrants and resulted in many families leaving the area.

“For a lot of the people I have talked to this new prison is the last straw,” said community activist Sue Frankel-Streit, speaking of her involvement with the Louisa Pan-American Friendship Committee. The Louisa County group was started by Latin-American immigrants who met at an English class. They work to dispel myths about immigration by hosting dinners at local churches where immigrants and citizens can get to know each other. “Knowing that a 1,000 bed immigrant prison is opening just 40 miles from here is causing people to think maybe it is time to leave this country. It disgusts me that we treat people this way.”

“We are seeing people who have already been hurt by our economic policies victimized again,” said Teresa Stanley of the advocacy group Sowers of Justice. “These people are only trying to work to support their families. They contribute hundreds of millions to the Virginia economy and they are being locked up so that corporations can reap a profit.” This was a reference to a study released this year by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis which found the annual tax contribution of undocumented workers in Virginia to be over $400 million.

As an increasingly popular immigrant destination and home to some of the most repressive local immigrant ordinances in the country, Virginia is often in the national spotlight. “We want this facility to be a model that other localities can use,” said Spates. For better or worse, it does appear that the fate of this facility will be an indication of how communities will respond to immigration during the years to come.

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[…] New Immigrant Detainee Facility, better known as the ICE Center, is being built in a desolate area near Farmville’s water treatment plant located at the far end […]

I do not really like the idea about locking up illegal immigrants, especially the ones just trying to make an honest living, even though I’m not sure how honest the people are who pay them their “minimal” wages. But what about MY family. During this economic crisis, my husband, who worked for a company for the last 17 years,making over $65,000.00 a year, was let go last year, along with about 60 other men and women. He has been out of work for the last year doing everything from mowing grass, working on friend’s vehicles, driving from construction site to construction site all to be told, as they say, “they have people there who will do the job cheaper.” By the way, he was asking for about $10.00 an hour. We were one month away from losing our home…..and a possible mental breakdown, when he was offered a job with ICE in Farmville.

I thank them everyday for giving my husband a job that can keep our family in our home.

My son was training at the facility in Farmville sporadically; awaiting the opening when Dept.of Homeland Security stepped in and now he is laid off until he hears back. ICA has been very poor at communication thus far and he truly has no clue when/if he will still have a job with them. Wondering how Swytch (above comment) is faring with keeping her house? I know my son is having trouble meeting just a car payment!

[…] New Immigrant Detainee Facility, better known as the ICE Center, is being built in a desolate area near Farmville’s water treatment plant located at the far end […]

I think alot of people that work here,have no idea what there doing. and the training is a set up for failure. One of us are going to get hurt for the simple reason that everyone here thinks there god and knows everything about,this line of work. They just pick who ever to do a job. The Shift commanders are unfair,and show favoritism in the workplace.I dont see thats its right.To be working here and tring to do what we do and having relationgship in the workplace. i dont see anything wrong with the married couple here.But commanders and asst.commanders having relationship or dating or favoritism is just wrong.The Officers are here to work and do there job.There not here to be starting high school all over.learn your jobs and stop messing around befor somebody gets hurt.And to val henderson i know the feeling about having a hard time making the bills i’m still fighting

No es justo que traten de despilfarrar todos esos miles de dolares pudiendolo husar en cosas mas veneficas porque la inmigracion nunca se va acabar no es justo que la jente que viene a buscar una mejor vida se le corten los suenos nada mas hasi jhon lakwis

I been part of this ICA, Farmville and i been watching every single thing that is been happening for the last 7 months. Is been lots of fake promisses. Lots of lies, and violations on several labor laws towars employees. Let me start with hiring process each and everyone of us got letters in then mail about been hire as detention officers, some of the others got e-mails.( Black and white proof) Un propper trainning. Pay problems, working conditions, miss inform of working procedures and favor it conditions for some employees.

Sad is the Swytch… above is talking about loosing a house wich it means a $ 12.00 job not giving enought hours could not save a house, unless hit the lottery or been a fake.While they hire $ 40,000.00 a year assistant and his working in the facilitywith out no background check .. we are in the street waiting to return to work.

By now lots of people who we start there, we are no longer there. Nurses, Detention Officers and even Supervisors. REALLY WHY IS THIS HAPPENING ? ANSWER : They really don’t know what they are doing. Someone needs to look in to this, before the law really strike on this problem.

If your Shift Commander don’t know what they are doing, why are they Shift commanders.

Make assumptions of decitions of employees.

Seending just a group of specific people over and over work and let others in the streets.

Money problems, Hours missing, not current in acordance with promisse at hire. From $ 12.00 and hour to $ 28,000.00(salary).

The portions ( rations) given to the deteinees. ( Meals)

The news paper claims the average salary in this facility was $ 48,000.00, so how come detention officers $ 28,000.00 and Bilingual detention officers $ 35,000.00.

We were hire as detention officers, and not temporary labor like in the last few checks in been posted. The non taxable checks thru out this time, while at last few checks deductions had been made but only for social security only.

There’s more of this but at this point we rather just deal with the higher grounds.

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