Prisoners of Profit: Immigrants and Detention in Georgia

The ACLU of Georgia recently released a comprehensive report on conditions of detention for immigrants in Georgia, three of which are operated by for-profit corporations and one of which, the Stewart Detention Center, is the largest immigration detention facility in the country.

For purposes of this documentation project, the ACLU of Georgia interviewed 68 individuals who were detained at the Georgia immigration detention facilities, as well as detainees' family members and immigration attorneys. We also toured the detention centers and reviewed documents obtained from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies. The findings in “Prisoners of Profit: Immigrants and Detention in Georgia” raise serious concerns about violations of detainees’ due process rights, inadequate living conditions, inadequate medical and mental health care, and abuse of power by those in charge.

Among the problems we documented: inadequate information about available pro bono legal services, inadequate conditions for attorney visits which raise attorney/client confidentiality issues, and delays in gaining access to the law library.  Detainees also face unreasonable delays in receiving medical care and in the case of detainees with mental disabilities, punitive rather than care-oriented treatment. We also documented numerous concerns about cell conditions including temperature extremes and overcrowding; hygiene concerns including instances where facilities ran out of hygiene items and detainees simply had to go without; used underwear provided to detainees at Irwin; food concerns including unusual mealtimes, insufficient quantity, and poor quality; limited recreation; and a work program at two corporate run detention centers where detainees are paid $1.00 to $3.00 per day and sometimes are coerced to work. Other findings point to a failed grievance procedure where detainees who filed grievances did not always receive responses, verbal and physical abuse, and retaliatory behavior from guards including placing detainees in segregation. 

You can read more about the problems we documented, along with the stories of several people caught in the system, in a piece I wrote for Al Jazeera that can be viewed here.

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I am reall glad that you brought up the mental health issue for this commint. This relates to the "gay" issues that we have. I have worked with gays in a mental facility and I have not put words in there moth. I am one of an open mind. If my beleifs are not true I will change my thoughts. I don't hold on to something because I want it to be that way.
I have had friends that were "gay" and they all have told me about their past hurts that have feel differantly about differant issues. Their love for the other sex, the way they see people now as far as love and how to mimic the pain from the past. I'd like to give you one good example of this. If a woman likes a certain type of man and this type of guy hurts her she goes back to the same type of man. Why? She has a low self esteme. If you are mentally hurt from a person when you date them you tend to think of people being the same way when your out and they do domething that in your mind reminds you for the other person. This is a hurt that is displaying itself in a way one would not normally have it. Some people do this as a way for punishment to themselfs. We all have done this if we have been hurt. If your made at the person and you cant get back and you know you can't you take it out on your self. because you feel there is no way to free yourself of this. Please, we need to get help for these people and not overlook the pain that they hold inside. We are not giving these good people a change but to lable them and forget them.

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