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June 12, 2020

Securus Technologies Is Cashing in on Immigrant Detention
By Garrett Hazelwood

Documents obtained from federal agencies and through public records requests show that Securus has been operating in facilities where immigrants are held since at least 2008, and has provided telecom and surveillance services to no fewer than 13 facilities that hold ICE detainees in 11 states, most of which are county jails where immigrants make up a minority portion of the overall incarcerated population. As of January 2020, Securus had active contracts with at least nine county jails where immigrants were being held. Securus also contracts with private detention centers, however, one of which has been the West Texas Detention Facility, owned by LaSalle Corrections, according to a 2018 ICE inspection report. The facility has housed a combination of people imprisoned by local, state, and federal agencies, but was holding 662 immigrants for ICE (over 60 percent of its total capacity) on the last day of April 2019, according to data obtained by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

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