Privatized Immigration Detention
For the past three decades, the immigration detention population has increased dramatically, reaching historic highs under the Obama administration. To manage the growing detainee population, ICE has increasingly turned to contracted facilities, such as for-profit prison corporations and county jails.
Contract facilities—including those run by for-profit prison corporations—operate outside the purview of public oversight and accountability. With no one to hold them accountable, private companies, which are incentivized to cut medical staffing and deny care to maximize shareholder return, have maintained a particularly grisly track record of detainee abuse and neglect.
Profiteering should have no place in any detention system. It is well past time for DHS to cut the contracts.
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ACLU Files FOIA Request to Uncover Information About Medical Abuse at Irwin County Detention FacilityPress ReleaseSeptember 18, 2020
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Shutting Down the Profiteers: Why and How the Department of Homeland Security Should Stop Using Private PrisonsReportSeptember 30, 2016
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