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ICE: It doesn't send you "home" — you stay in the U.S., in jail. — No Comments

  1. Is it true that these detention facilities are not government owned but privately owned and stand to make huge amounts of money off of this “project”?

    • Judy, they are a variety of options, a smorgasbord of incarceration choices. Some are county jails (Contra Costa County, for example, gets over $2 million a year, so far, for its immigrant detention services; a huge county jail in Washoe County, Nevada (Reno) is another county facility. There is great potential that many county jails throughout the state will apply as two things happened simultaneously: they upped the number of beds in facilities at the same time that the state began releasing low-level-crime (e.g., marijuana sales) for which people were being detained. So county jails will be rushing to get the contracts. Then, there are the private prisons. I’m unclear right now how many exist in California, but in the Southwest, almost all state and federal prisons are privatized. (Dick Cheney’s son-in-law used to be in the board of one of the biggest companies; these are publicly traded, immensely profitable institutions with a single product: human beings.) Then, there are construction companies vying for contracts to build facilities that will be specifically immigration detention. It is also important to know that the private prisons as well as most of the government-run facilities get contracts from businesses to do a number of jobs, far beyond the classic license plates!, for which they pay inmates $1/day. So, there are several moral issues at stake, in my opinion. One is slavery. The other is detention of people who have been denied constitutional rights. — Ask the right questions on the ‘net, and you’ll learn an amazing amount of detailed information. The for-profit prisons, as publicly held companies, have lots of disclosure requirements. I’ve been watching this industry for 14 years. — Wendy

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