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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