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The Portland Mercury
November 30, 2016

Portland Invests Millions in Banks that Fund Controversial Private Prisons
By Dirk VanderHart

The US Department of Justice announced in August it would phase out its use of private facilities, saying they weren’t as safe or secure as federally run facilities. And Hillary Clinton, had she won the presidency, made clear she’d support ending private prisons at the state level. None of that affected ICE, which uses private facilities for about two-thirds of its detention beds. Portland uses those beds a lot. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the ICE holding facility in Portland detained 1,058 people from October 2014 to September 2015. It sent 981 of them elsewhere, a number that ranks Portland ahead of 81 percent of ICE facilities nationwide.

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