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Justice Strategies Report
September 13, 2012

Privately Operated Federal Prisons for Immigrants: Expensive. Unsafe. Unnecessary
By Judith Greene and Alexis Mason

Operation Streamline is a highly controversial and costly federal prosecution scheme begun in 2005 in federal courts along the U.S.-Mexico border. It imposes federal prison sentences for people who re-enter the country after deportation. This offense was previously treated as a petty civil violation. Representing a stunning shift in the federal system, “illegal re-entry” has now surpassed drug-related charges as the most commonly filed federal charge.15 This drasticincrease in prosecution has helped to fill up the federal prisons to unprecedented and capacity breaking levels......[citing TRAC research].

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