Thursday, June 13, 2019

Report: Aurora ICE facility falls short of standards

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 12:16 PM

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An Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Aurora run by a private contractor did not meet federal standards, according to a new report from the Inspector General’s Office in the Department of Homeland Security.

The report details issues with four privately run ICE facilities in Aurora, Louisiana, California and New Jersey. The first three of those are run by the GEO Group.

At the Aurora facility, detainees who were placed in solitary confinement were handcuffed, though the report says “placement in disciplinary segregation alone does not constitute a valid basis for using restraints.”

Inspectors also found that the Aurora facility lacked an outdoor recreation space, which federal standards require in order to protect the mental health of detainees. And according to the report, Aurora detainees weren’t allowed in-person visits, even with family — though ICE standards encourage both contact and non-contact visits. 

In an emailed statement, a GEO Group spokesperson said the issues in the report “were swiftly corrected last year.” 

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