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ACLU uncovers systemic abuse at private prisons for immigrants

A four-year investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Texas has uncovered "pervasive and disturbing" problems within private prisons that hold immigrants for the federal prison system, including excessive use of solitary confinement, dangerous sanitary conditions, and delayed medical care.
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Jun 11, 2014, 8:51 am
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I’m not a fan of border jumpers, or those who sympathize with them. I’m also not a fan of the privatization of prisons. There are just some government functions that SHOULD NOT be done for profit, and prisons are near the top of that list.

That said, having spent far too much time living in ghettos, I’ve known several people who have done time, both here and in Texas. Based on their stories, the conditions described in this story are pretty much the conditions that are encountered in any prison, private or not. And, the people I heard these stories from were, for better or for worse, all US Citizens.

So, please, don’t spin this as if border jumpers are being singled out here. Prisoners are mistreated across the board.

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