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How bad does it need to get before we close Hutto?

Earlier this month, the ACLU filed multiple lawsuits to close Hutto, a prison-for-profit that confines people who are awaiting their immigration detention hearings, and if they're parents, confines their children too. The prison was built as a medium-security prison, but now it's holding families, and roughly half of the people confined there are children. In case you're wondering what a prison that holds children looks like, you can get a look thanks to this two-minute video about Hutto by the ACLU.

But it's not just the ACLU calling for it to close: the Houston Chronicle last week called the Hutto prison " inhumane and shameful." They cited the report issued by Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services that asked for immediate closure of the prison.


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