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Krome Detention Center has Long History of Detainee Abuse by David Reutter Immigration reform was a recurring theme in the recent presidential election. The national debate has focused on what should be done with the millions of undocumented immigrants who reside in the United States, but as events at the ...
ICE Deportations Peaked in FY 2012, Declined from 2013 to 2015 by Derek Gilna Despite the fact that the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president in U.S. history, in 2015 the number of deportations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a low not seen ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
“Natural Causes Killed Victor: A Death in Solitary,” a folk opera by George Swanson (DVD, 55 minutes) by Lance Tapley Written by George Swanson, a folksinger and Episcopal priest, this unusual folk opera tells how Victor Valdez, a sickly, working-class immigrant from the Dominican Republic, died in 2009 in solitary ...
New Report Says ICE Inspection Problems Perpetuate Prisoner Abuse by Derek Gilna The National Immigrant Justice Center and the Detention Watch Network recently released a joint report sharply critical of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and its oversight methods, terming them "fundamentally unchanged and unreformed.  The ICE detention ...
Reports Show Immigration Facility Inspectors Overlook Serious Rights Violations by Derek Gilna Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspectors are entrusted with ensuring that facilities used to house vulnerable detainees are following strict guidelines for their operation.  However, an October 2015 report by two independent prisoner-rights groups, "Lives in Peril – ...
Publication • December 16, 2016
Joint letter to DHS Secretary re protecting the safety of immigration detainees - Dec. 2016 December 16, 2016 The Honorable Jeh Johnson Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528 Re: Final requests to protect the safety and health of immigration detainees Dear Secretary Johnson: On behalf of the ...
“This Man Will Almost Certainly Die” by Dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances in privatized, immigrant-only prisons. The Bureau of Prisons itself says there’s a problem. And yet the privatization scheme continues. by Seth Freed Wessler, The Nation Where Claudio Fagardo-Saucedo grew up, on the colonial streets of ...
Are French Prisons Radicalizing Muslim Prisoners? by Joe Watson The demographics inside French prisons have become a hot-button issue in the aftermath of eleven terrorist attacks that have occurred in France since January 2015. At least six individuals involved in those attacks are believed to have been inducted into radical ...
Private Prison in Texas Closes after Riot Renders it Uninhabitable by Matthew Clarke On February 20, 2015, an uprising occurred at the Willacy County Correctional Center (WCCC), a private prison located in Raymondville, Texas that was operated by Utah-based Management and Training Corporation (MTC). The facility primarily housed criminal immigrant ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright The 2016 elections are only a few weeks old and many people seem surprised that Donald Trump was elected president. What this means for prisoners at this point is a bit early to say, more so when juxtaposed against what might have happened had ...
Publication • November 28, 2016
Filed under: International, Immigration
Wrong Turn - Escondido Checkpoints and Impound Practices Examined, ACLU, 2012 Wrong Turn Escondido’s Checkpoints and Impound Practices Examined Written by Cynthia Buiza and Homayra Yusufi, with invaluable investigative information provided by John Carlos Frey. Published March 13, 2012. WRONG TURN: Escondido’s Checkpoints and Impound Practices Examined Executive Summary Checkpoints ...
Report: CCA, GEO Group Make Millions Off Criminalizing Immigrants by Despite the compassionate tone on immigration during the presidential campaign, the federal government continues to prosecute and incarcerate undocumented immigrants not for violent or property offenses_ but simply for entering the United States. A September 2012 report from Austin, Texas-based ...
Article • November 15, 2016
ICE Criticized by GAO for Inconsistent Compliance with Confinement Standards by Derek Gilna Since 9/11 and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),  deportations in the United States have skyrocketed to over 400,000 a year. Although that number has finally started ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Local Jails Increasingly Refuse to Comply with ICE Detainers by Joe Watson Hundreds of municipalities across the country – including major cities such as Los Angeles and others with large populations of immigrants – are refusing to honor requests from federal officials to hold undocumented immigrants in jail for possible ...
Full Senate Report on CIA Torture Remains Classified, Largely Unread by Matthew Clarke “I want to be absolutely clear with our people and the world. The United States does not torture” – George W. Bush On December 9, 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a heavily-redacted, 525-page executive summary of ...
Hunger Strikes by Immigrant Detainees Expose Abuses by ICE, Private Detention Centers by Joe Watson A series of hunger strikes over the past two years by detainees at federal immigration detention facilities from Washington state to Pennsylvania have called for an end to the incarceration and deportation of undocumented immigrants, ...
Article • October 25, 2016
District Court Dismissal of False Arrest Suit Reversed by Lonnie Burton A suit by a black Canadian woman who was twice arrested upon her entry into the United States may proceed to trial, said a panel of judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That decision reversed a ruling ...
Article • October 24, 2016
Arizona Private Prison Profits Disappear As Immigration Arrests Decline by Matthew Clarke The San Luis Regional Detention and Support Center opened with a capacity of 548 beds in 2007. Initially, it housed male and female immigration detainees. In 2009, Emerald Correctional Management took over operation of the center, located in ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright PLN has opposed the private prison industry since we began publishing in 1990; back then the industry was in its infancy, having started in 1983 in its modern incarnation. Besides the political and moral implications of farming out correctional functions to for-profit corporations, there ...
In Many Courtrooms, Bad Interpreters Can Mean Justice Denied by By Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline Patricia Michelsen-King was observing the proceedings in a Chesterfield, Virginia, courtroom a few years ago when a man shouted in Spanish from the back of the courtroom, “I didn’t rape anybody!” Michelsen-King, who teaches Spanish interpretation at ...
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