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May 27, 2020

Detainees at privately owned immigration facility say sheriff’s office broke up protest with pepper spray, projectiles
By Debbie Nathan

Unlike convicted criminals, ICE detainees are not locked up as a punishment. Immigration law is administrative law, so violating it is a civil infraction, not a crime. Some detainees have a history of serving time in jails and prisons after felony convictions, some of them from years ago. But more have minor convictions, often for traffic offenses. Many more have no criminal record at all. According to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, two-thirds of immigration detainees at Catahoula had no records of convictions as of July 2019.

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