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August 21, 2017

Private Prison Business Booms Under Trump Administration

According to federal statistics released to the Houston Chronicle, between February and June, ICE agents arrested more than 62,200 undocumented immigrants, which is one-third more than the total number detained in 2016. While the number of arrests has increased, fewer detainees are being released under the Trump administration compared to 2016. Last year, an average of 2,400 individuals were being released from ICE's custody every month; but the number plunged to about 100 through June this year, according to data released by the Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse. ICE detention contracts help boost these companies' profit as they have made provisions to reduce their cooking and cleaning expenses. These companies can get away with paying a mere US$1 to the detainees who work up to eight hours carrying out those duties.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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