Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Privately Operated Federal Prisons for Immigrants: Expensive. Unsafe. Unnecessary

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"Strolling around the sleepy town of Natchez, Mississippi (pop. 15,672) one may never discover that a flourishing business generating hundreds of millions of dollars in lucrative contracts lies just up the Richard Wright Memorial Highway. “They ship these people here, mostly Mexicans, like they’re some kind of commodity,” recently observed Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy, Monroe Sago, who also happens to run a museum of African American history in Natchez.  Deputy Sago is referring to the neighboring operations of the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a U.S. company that profits by charging a per diem fee to imprison one of the country’s most destitute segments of society, undocumented immigrants. More than 2,500 immigrants are confined in the CCA prison after receiving federal prison sentences for entering the country without papers.  Some arrive disoriented and still wearing clothes tattered