In response to the announcement by the Department of Justice to stop the practice of private prisons, Karla de Anda, Board member at the Florida Immigrant coalition stated:
“The Department of Justice took a step in the right direction by deciding to end contracts with private prisons, which have long unjustly profited from the criminalization and mass incarceration of communities of color. The 13 facilities that will be impacted by this decision hold 22,660 federal inmates and will shut down in a period of 5 years. The announcement is still a positive one, even if it’s not an immediate fix. On the other hand, Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) renewed a four- year contract with Corporation of America (CCA), a prison that detainees mothers and children requesting asylum.
It’s frustrating that the federal government is not taking into consideration for profit immigration detention centers privately owned by GEO Group. Inc and CCA that continue to benefit from this new form of slavery. If we were to analyze with the same logic, we would come to the conclusion that these facilities should also be shut down. In fact, ICE owns only 11% of the 250 prisons while private prisons hold approximately 62% of the 400,000 immigrants who are detained annually.
We ask for Department of Homeland Security to follow in the same path and act to shut down all for-profit detention centers which have proven to be dangerous, unsupervised and even deadly.”