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ICE Opens Three New Immigration Jails, Flouting Congressional Limits on Jailing Migrants

HeadlineJul 11, 2019

Meanwhile, Mother Jones is reporting that ICE has opened three new immigration jails in the Deep South as part of an effort to circumvent a congressional limit on the number of people in U.S. immigration detention. Among them is the Adams County Correctional Center, a Mississippi prison operated by CoreCivic, a for-profit prison corporation. That center has been plagued by reports of inadequate medical care, staff mistreatment and rotten food—and was home to a prison riot in 2012 that left a guard dead. ICE is currently holding some 54,000 people in its jails—an all-time high and far more than a target of about 40,000 people set by Congress.

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