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September 1, 2016

DHS will review its relationship with private prison companies, but there are many questions about what comes next
By Reynaldo Leanos Jr.

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday that it would follow the lead of the Department of Justice and re-evaluate its relationship with private prison companies that operate immigration detention facilities around the US. Immigration and Customs Enforcement used 637 detention facilities last year. Almost 325,209 people were processed through these facilities, according to data collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Most were deported, but others had a lawful right to stay in the country, or were released on bond. Though exact numbers are difficult to come by, itís estimated that about 70 percent of the immigrant detention facilities are privately operated.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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