July 19--Final Movie in the Park feature Saturday
ALBANY -- Movie lovers and families are the target audience for Saturday's final installment of the city of Albany's Movie in the Park series, which will kick off at dark at Riverfront Park.
The animated film "The Secret Life of Pets" is the featured film for Saturday's summer series finale.
There is no charge, and concessions will be available. Families are encouraged to load up their blankets and lawn chairs and get to the South Front Street park early.
For additional information, contact Jacquelyn Teemer with the city of Albany at (229) 439-7752.
Group asks for detention center reforms
ATLANTA -- The policies and procedures at the private, for-profit Stewart County immigrant detention center are violating the due process rights of detainees by forcing them to wait hours to see their attorneys in one of only three meeting rooms at the facility that can house 1,900 detainees, the Southern Poverty Law Center told Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the facility's operator, CoreCivic, in a letter sent Wednesday.
The Stewart Detention Center -- one of the nation's largest immigrant detention facilities -- requires attorneys to meet in rooms where they are separated from their clients by a safety glass barrier and, when using an interpreter, must shout through a slot to be heard, according to the law center's letter. Immigrant detainees are civil detainees, and their detention is supposed to be administrative -- not punitive, which is the case with criminal detainees.
Attorneys are also barred from bringing electronic devices, such as laptops and tablets, into the visitation room -- a prohibition that severely inhibits their ability to provide effective legal counsel and is not found at many other facilities. The prohibition, among other things, makes it impossible to access translation services by phone or other electronic devices, preventing interpretation for non-English speaking clients when interpreters are not available at the facility in rural Lumpkin, which is operated by the private prison company formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, CoreCivic.
"We have attorneys ready and willing to provide assistance to immigrants, but these needless limitations prevent them from doing their job," said Dan Werner, director of the SPLC's Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative. "No lawyer -- and especially lawyers volunteering their time -- should have to wait hours for one of three meeting rooms serving 1,900 detained immigrants.
"Providing counsel should not mean yelling in the rooms because of the safety glass between you and your client or struggling to communicate with your client in his language."
The SPLC demands a number of reforms, including a maximum wait time of 30 minutes, more appropriate meeting spaces and an end to the prohibition on electronic devices. It asked that all stakeholders work together to resolve the issues without court involvement, but warned that it will pursue other legal remedies, if the matter is not satisfactorily resolved.
A copy of the full letter can be viewed at: https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/stewart_detention_center.pdf.
Community liaison named at Legacy Village
MOULTRIE -- Kim Shiver has been named the community liaison of Legacy Village at Park Regency and its two sister communities serving Tifton and Thomasville. In addition to the Moultrie assisted living facility, Shiver will serve as the area marketer for Legacy Village of Tifton and Legacy Villageat Plantation Manor in Thomasville.
In her new position, Shiver will work with all three Legacy Village facilities to build relationships with community partners and help advise interested prospects.
Shiver received her bachelor's of business administration degree in marketing from Valdosta State University and has a number of years experience in sales and marketing.
"This company has a great reputation of taking great care of the local seniors," Shiver said. "I've always heard positive things about the facilities and when I've visited, and I always notice the smiles on the residents' faces. That's something I can be proud to stand behind."
"I have quickly been impressed with Kim Shiver and her ability to grow relationships in numerous communities," Bryan Cook, COO of Legacy Senior Living, said. "She has a caring heart for the generation that we serve. We are so excited as she begins her journey with our Legacy Village communities in South Georgia."
Legacy Village at Park Regency is an assisted living community in Moultrie that is situated on 11 acres. It offers assisted living and Alzheimer's care services in a safe, attentive, homelike atmosphere. The facility is a short drive from Valdosta and Albany. More information is available at legacymoultrie.net or by calling (229) 890-3342.
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