Some Immigrant Detainees Choose Solitary for Protection

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Before immigrants are deported, they are generally detained — sometimes for years — as their cases are reviewed. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts out many of its detention facilities to private prison firms like CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) and the GEO Group. Hundreds of logs obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request detailing the use of solitary confinement at three privately run ICE facilities provide a window into the conditions of desperation and violence that immigrants, including those . . .

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