Private prisons for immigrant detentions in Utah?
A private prison is being proposed within 180 miles of Salt Lake City (in Evanston, WY) to detain immigrants. Both the private prison and the immigrant detention are troubling. Why?
- Private prisons are expensive to tax payers and are notorious for documented abuses.
- ICE detention centers exist to incarcerate non-criminal individuals who work and pay taxes when significantly lower-cost, more humane and proven alternatives exist. They also incarcerate children and babies for indeterminate amounts of time.
- America has a tragic history of unethically incarcerating immigrants. In her powerful Salt Lake Tribune op-ed, “For-profit immigration centers are an echo of a sad past,” Shirley Ann Higuchi suggests that current ICE immigrant detention practices are hauntingly reminiscent of Japanese internment during World War II.
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