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Sasha Ivy Fox @sasha4th
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With the horrible treatment of immigrant/refugee children in private prisons being revealed, it's worth reposting this thread from my old account, showing how the prisons #ICE uses are filled with abuse; and that ICE is both unwilling and unable to fix it
#AbolishICE
ICE’s Inspections and Monitoring of Detention Facilities Do Not Lead to Sustained Compliance or Systemic Improvements
oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/…
Summary:
-ICE doesn't comply w/ detention standards
-Contracted inspections not thorough; don't fully examine conditions/identify issues
-ICE inspections thorough but rarely happen
-ICE doesn't work to correct issues after they're identified, leaving problems remaining for years
ICE uses 211 facilities for detention, and they have an average population of 35,435

ICE has 11 dedicated, holding 9,820 people

There's 8 private, holding 6,818 people

187 are contracted from other LE, holding 15,534

And 5 processing centers, holding 3,263
ICE has been contracting Nakamoto to do inspections, and they are simply failing at their job.

Problems that were identified in 2006 still exist today. They do not care to fix them.
Nakamoto is only required to review their own past reports on a facility, which heavily limits what they can learn. Office of Detention Oversight (ODO) inspectors, gather information from a wide range of sources so they have a much broader knowledge of the facility.
This means ODO is prepared to inspect a facility, while Nakamoto has to learn processes and procedures onsite, examine 650 elements of the standards, interview 85-100 inmates, brief staff, and begin writing a report within 3 days, with 3-5 inspectors; this isn't enough time.
ICE provides Nakamoto with inspection checklists, but doesn't tell them how to evaluate compliance. This results in Nakamoto not doing a thorough enough job. In some cases they didn't bother to physically inspect facilities, or bother to confirm reports from staff.
Some examples:
-Documented required identification without confirming the existance of it
-Didn't bother to check if drivers really had licenses
-Didn't confirm why people were held in segregation
-Relying on reports from people who didn't have access to the area in question
When Nakamoto and ODO inspected the same 29 facilities, Nakamoto found 209 deficiencies based on 39-42 standards, while ODO found 475 deficiencies based on 15-16 standards. This suggests Nakamoto is missing a lot.
None of the interviews they observed Nakamoto do complied with standards. They weren't done privately, instead asking 5 general questions in common areas, within earshot of other inmates and facility staff. They also made sure to only talk to English-speakers while there.
ODO fixed 106 of the 475 problems they identified in 29 facilities in 2016, or 22% of them. Nakamoto doesn't keep track of how many problems they identify get fixed.
Nakamoto sends a completed checklist after their inspections, however they were found to be inaccurate:
-Claiming detainees had positive comments about case workers/resources, the detainees actually knew nothing about
-Saying phones worked when they didn't
Nakamoto inspects 100 of ICE's 211 facilities a year, but they do a poor job when they do it.

ODO does a better job, but only inspects 30 out of 211 facilities a year.

These inspections are planned long in advance.
ICE seems to exercise no oversight with Nakamoto. They claimed they accompanied Nakamoto inspectors 2-3 times a year, but could not show evidence to support that claim in 2014 or 2015, and they hadn't tried in 2016 or 2017.
ERO field offices then don't follow up when problems are identified. In 2016 they only responded to 20 out of 45 reports on problems with a facility and some offices were sending them out 2 to 6 months after the 55 day deadline.
In some cases they simply noted that issues would not be fixed, which amounts to an intent to continue violating proper standards.
ICE does not enforce compliance with standards. They don't require that facilities send evidence showing that issues were fixed. There is no comprehensive process to verify whether facilities fix identified problems before the next inspection.
This means that facilities who perform strip searches on all detainees when there's no need, or facilities who don't report proven sexual assaults, these problems go on for years, despite being identified as problems whenever they're inspected.
A review of 10 inspections by Nakamoto showed 6 of the 10 had at least 1 repeat issue. In 2015 ODO identified repeat issues in 18 of 23 facilities, in 2016 they found them in 21 of 29 facilities.
ICE has been giving facilities waivers for issues like:
-comingling people here on immigration violations with violent, serious offenders
-Not showing instructions on where to go during a fire/emergency
-Use of strip searches
52 facilities have monitors (DSMs) who work onsite to keep track of compliance and work with the ERO offices

They can only suggest solutions, not implement them, so their effectiveness depends entirely on their ERO office, and some are no help.
ICE hasn't been able to handle the people they've been detaining, and show no sign of improving or interest in improving.

The OIG has a bunch of recommendations to improve what they're doing, but I have a better one; #AbolishICE
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