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

HeadlineJul 11, 2019
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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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