US: Immigrant Mothers, Children Being Detained in Private Jails

“Our report exposes the extent to which local lockup quotas incentivize the incarceration of immigrants and fuel ICE to pursue punitive and unjust enforcement practices”   

Demonstrators from the immigrant community advocacy group CASA carry signs as they march in the hopes of a ruling in their favor on decisions at the Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. June 20, 2016.

Demonstrators from the immigrant community advocacy group CASA carry signs as they march in the hopes of a ruling in their favor on decisions at the Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. June 20, 2016. | Photo: Reuters   

Telesur  June 30, 2016
According to a new report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have entered into contractual agreements with private prisons.

Immigrant mothers and their children are being detained under guaranteed minimum provisions, which assure fixed detainee quotas, effectively rendering immigrants a source of profit for private and public prison companies, according to the findings from a new report released this month by the Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

“Our report exposes the extent to which local lockup quotas incentivize the incarceration of immigrants and fuel ICE to pursue punitive and unjust enforcement practices,” Silky Shah, Co-Director of Detention Watch Network said in a press release.

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The new documents reveal that guaranteed minimums account for at least 12,821 of the 34,000 beds funded by the detention bed quota, nearly 40 percent. Of these 12,821 beds, 93 percent exist in facilities that contract with private companies.


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The report shows the extent to which ICE grants financial benefits to private and public entities such as the GEO Group along with the public entity Berks Family Residential Center, through government contracts requiring ICE to pay for a set number of beds at detention facilities.

According to the investigation, which collected data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, guaranteed minimums are “even more widespread than previously reported, covering at least 24 detention facility contracts.”

Meanwhile, the report goes criticizes ICE for its failure to “provide information” regarding it’s lockup quota agreements with private and public detention facilities, which the two organization argue should be made public through the Freedom of Information Act.

“Almost all guaranteed minimums are found in facilities that contract with private prison companies, and ICE actively collaborates with these companies to keep details of their contracts secret,” said Ghita Schwarz, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights said in its report.

A congressional mandate calls on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to maintain an average of 34,000 people locked up at any given time.

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2 comments

  1. How disgusting that society feels it okay to mandate a certain number of lock ups! As if women and children are not treated badly enough!
    How many more petitions must we sign, how many more letters must we write and how many politicians can we elect to office who will stop this madness!

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