Via Carl Takei, Staff Attorney, National Prison Project, American Civil Liberties Union:
I am very pleased to announce a new report by the ACLU and ACLU of Texas, “Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private-Prison System” (June 2014). Every year, the federal Bureau of Prisons subjects tens of thousands of immigrants to lengthy prison sentences simply for unlawfully crossing the border. These nonviolent immigrants are hidden in a shadow system of privately run Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons. Our a multi-year investigation of the five CAR prisons in Texas uncovered evidence of abysmal conditions, families torn apart, and the excessive use of isolated confinement. For too long, CAR facilities have operated in the shadows, effectively free from public scrutiny. That ends now.
See the report and other materials summarizing our findings online at: aclu.org/CARabuse