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Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet

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A new report, “Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet” released today by Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights explores and exposes the depth of local lockup quotas in immigrant detention across 15 facilities in half of ICE’s field offices. The report includes an exploration of South Florida’s guaranteed minimum contracts in both public and private facilities.

In South Florida, guaranteed minimum contracts with public and private prisons encourage the detention of 950 people at any given time–and require payment either way. The GEO group, owner of the Broward Detention Center in Pompano Beach, FL, is one of the two beneficiaries with a guaranteed minimum of 500 beds.