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"Expose and Close, One Year Later" features Polk County

Detention Watch Network's report "Expose and Close, One Year Later: The Absence of Accountability in Immigration Detention" features the Polk County Secure Adult Detention Center in Livingston, Texas. The facility is operated by Community Education Centers (CEC). DWN's report highlights human rights violations committed at ten of the nation's worst detention centers, including Polk. 

The U.S. mandates detention for certain immigrants. According to the report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must detain them without a bond hearing, and other circumstances that allow for release are overlooked. As a result, mandatory detention has created a broken system that ICE cannot manage without a network of 250 prisons, including for-profit prison companies, like CEC. In fact, Congress requires that 34,000 immigrants are detained on any given day in the U.S. 

Conditions inside detention centers-including inadequate access to legal services, family members and friends, as well as denial of access to sunlight, food, and hygiene-drastically affect detained individuals. They are also mistreated by facility personnel, many of whom use racial slurs and discriminate against  detained indivuduals. The denial of basic and more specialized health care, which can cause and exacerbate health problems, is also a widespread problem within the immigrant detention system. Grassroots Leadership staff and representatives from Texans United for Families (TUFF) from Austin, Texas found many of these problems inside Polk, and we are actively campaigning for the facility's closure.