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July 21, 2016

The multibillion-dollar immigrant detention industry
By Emily Green


The crackdown on illegal border crossings has drastically increased profits for private prison companies that now operate 62 percent of the nationís 250 immigration detention facilities. The largest, Corrections Corporation of America, listed profits of more than $1 billion from 2012 to the end of 2015. Nine of Corrections Corporation of Americaís 61 correctional facilities are immigrant detention centers. There are no federal immigrant detention centers in Oregon. Instead, Oregonís illegal immigrants are held in county jails and holding facilities before being transferred to out-of-state federal prisons Ė frequently the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. Itís a federal prison reserved for immigrants, and itís privately owned by the second-largest private-prison company, GEO Group. Northwest Detention Center is one of the largest immigration prisons in the country, and in 2015, nearly 1,000 people were transferred from Portland District Office Holding Facility to it and other immigrant detention centers, according to a data research group at Syracuse University called the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC. It also reported that 13 correctional facilities in Oregon transferred people to immigrant detention centers last year.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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