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The South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall, Texas.

Coronavirus infections continue to rise at migrant detention facilities in towns with limited resources. Some local governments want details on what’s being done to safeguard the public. Read more»

The ACLU has sued the Department of Homeland Security in federal court, seeking records the civil rights group contends provide accounts of hunger strikes at immigration detention facilities. Read more»

The logo for Corrections Corporation of America hangs over the front gate of a prison complex in Eloy, where unauthorized immigrants are held under contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing its use of privately-owned prisons to hold immigrants, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Monday. This could could affect four facilities in Arizona run under contract for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Read more»

The logo for Corrections Corporation of America hangs over the front gate of a prison complex in Eloy, where unauthorized immigrants are held under contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Justice Department will begin shifting away from using private prisons following a report by government auditors sharply critical of the practice. While Arizona is home to more than a dozen private prisons that contract with the state and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, none will be affected by the move, announced Thursday. Read more»

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is fighting hard to hide from public scrutiny the workings of its contracts with private prison corporations like CCA and GEO. It seems that private prison contractors not only control an increasing share of our unjust immigration system; they now seek to limit the public's access to government contracting decisions and the reach of FOIA itself. Read more»

An immigration reform rally at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.

A watchdog group is suing the state agency charged with protecting the most vulnerable Texans, alleging the department fast-tracked a policy change that might help the federal government convince a federal judge to reverse her order shutting down two immigration detention centers in Texas. Read more»

Rep. Grijalva discusses his tour of two Texas detention facilities at a press conference in Washington, D.C. in June.

Citing concerns about the treatment of women and children in prisons runs by the GEO Group, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva called for an investigation into a recent decision to grant the company a contract to run new alternative detention programs. Read more»

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. Read more» 1

The unnecessary prosecution of nonviolent illegal immigrants is sending ever larger numbers to poorly managed private prisons, a coalition of advocacy groups said, calling on Congress to reject $25.8 million for 1,000 new private prison beds. Read more»