Some Immigrants Spend Weeks in Solitary Confinement
"Hundreds of immigrants are placed in solitary confinement each week in the detention centers where they are facing deportation, federal records show. Some remain in isolation for weeks or months at a time. At the Stewart Detention Center south of Atlanta, for example, about 20 detainees are isolated in an average week, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement records from 2012. Nationwide, the weekly average was about 300, according to the data, which covered a period of more than four months. Nearly half of those placed in isolation were held there for 15 days or longer. Nearly 11 percent were mentally ill." - Jeremy Redmon, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Apr. 22, 2013.