Solitary Confinement: Eloy Detention Center and Beyond

Solitary Confinement: Eloy Detention Center and Beyond

Reporters for The Verge received hundreds of logs from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through a Freedom of Information Act request, which detailed the usage of solitary confinement at three privately-run immigration detention centers. These detention facilities include two facilities run by CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) in Lumpkin, Georgia, and Eloy, Arizona, as well as a facility in Pearsall, Texas, run by the Geo Group. These logs reveal just how violent and desperate a detained immigrant’s life can be; on many occasions, immigrants voluntarily submitted themselves to solitary confinement in order to seek refuge from the general population of the facility. In some cases, immigrants with obvious mental illnesses were sent to solitary confinement for reasons that even detention center staff questioned, as well as immigrants committing actions ranging from violent sexual assaults to minor horseplay. Despite the Obama administration’s directive in 2013 to reduce the facilities’ usage of solitary confinement as a means of handling detainees with “special vulnerabilities,” such as mental illness, physical disability, or those who had been victims of sexual assault, there are were over 300 instances last year of these three facilities using solitary confinement as a means of “protecting” vulnerable detainees. Evidently, the companies operating these facilities did not take seriously the mandate that solitary confinement be used as a last resort. The Georgia facility, in particular, had a disproportionately high usage of solitary confinement in this manner. About 160 of these instances concerned detainees with mental illnesses, for whom solitary confinement is a special form of torture. We know that you are entitled to certain rights while detained by ICE, no matter what your circumstances may be. If you or a loved one ends up detained, you will need our legal assistance today to fight for your rights and work toward your release from detention. We will immediately request a bond hearing on your behalf, and put forth our full efforts to win your release from custody and return to your family as quickly as possible. There are various defenses against deportation that may be applicable to your loved one’s case. The Oakland deportation defense attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. know how to help you through every step of your deportation proceedings. Take the first step today toward securing the future of your family in the United States, and call our office at (510) 756-4468 to set up a legal consultation with one of our highly skilled California immigration lawyers.
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