Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Inside Immigrant Prisons

By Maria Muentes and Familes for Freedom

Recently, the Donald Wyatt Center in Rhode Island lost its contract with U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house 153 immigrant prisoners after
the horrific death of a detainee. Center representatives publicly bemoaned the
loss of $100,000 per week and quickly began looking for a way to get more
prisoners. The chairman of the board for the center, Daniel Cooney, said,
“Frankly, I’m looking at it like I’m running a Motel 6. I don’t care if it’s
Guantanamo Bay. We want to fill the beds.” He was eventually fired in the
fallout from this remark, but his candor is revealing. Immigrant prisoners are
valuable commodities to local jails. This approach boosts the economies of
private prison companies and municipalities but costs the federal government
millions—perhaps billions—of dollars.

Read more: http://www.warresisters.org/node/791

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