U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) failed to implement critical reforms to medical care standards at its migrant detention centers, which contributed to the deaths of eight people between 2010 and 2012, civil and human rights groups said on Friday.
What is not mentioned is the ongoing physical, emotional and sexual abuse of women detainees by the detention center staff. Where is the sanity?
Privatization at its finest! “The delegation of the federal task of detention to private and local facilities has its origins in the 1980s during a time of accelerated privatization in all sectors. The government’s contracting out of detention management is rationalized as more efficient and cost-effective. However, detention and deportation have become multi-billion dollar industries with numerous human costs.” http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/node/2393
Accountability can be achieved partly by suing these institutions and robbing them of at least some of their profits. When you want the shoddiest service for the most cost, privatize a governmental function. When such shoddy institutions maim and kill, sue their sorry asses into the ground. I am not suggesting that money can ever replace the life of a loved one, but it can help punish the wrongdoer and at least achieve a small measure of justice. Wrongful death, medical malpractice, whatever, and don’t forget respondiat superior, the deep pockets of those who own and run the institutions.
Corrections Corporation of America – CCA boasts being the sixth largest corrections system in the U.S., behind only 4 states and the federal government. CCA operates 65 facilities in 19 states and the District of Columbia with more than 75,000 beds and nearly 17,000 employees. 12 of CCA’s facilities are used to hold immigration detainees. In 2009, CCA earned $1.67 billion in revenue with a net income of $155 million.
GEO Group, Inc. – In 2008, GEO Group earned $1.14 billion in U.S. revenue with a net income of $59.8 million.
Do you really think these guys want to see FEWER detainees? Do you think they make their money by paying more to provide adequate service? Do you think they lobby for more lenient immigration policy, or are they ecstatic with Obama’s “round 'em all up” policy? This is only one glaring example where privatization is a moral obscenity. So, sue their immoral asses for as much cash as one can.