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DHS to Revisit For-Profit Immigrant Prisons: Will It Also Revisit Mass Detentions?

 

By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet

As private prisons fall out of favor, human rights groups call for feds to toss out harsh immigrant policies driving incarceration.

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The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that, taking a cue from the Department of Justice, it will review its widespread practice of incarcerating immigrants and refugees in for-profit detention centers.

The announcement was hailed by human rights campaigners as a positive development, put on the map by immigrants forced to resort to hunger strike to protest their cruel conditions of confinement. Yet, the DHS statement also left some wondering whether the federal agency will take meaningful action to curb the Obama administration’s record levels of deportations and mass incarceration targeting people fleeing war, violence and poverty, given that the announcement includes no indication…

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