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@LATimes reporter covering immigration. She/her. Hablo español. Formerly @FresnoBee and @Oregonian. Tips: Andrea[dot]Castillo[at]https://t.co/eTksmynSH7
18 Oct
@palomaesquivel and I found a system involving ICE, private prison companies, local law enforcement and prosecutors in which violence can be perpetuated against detainees with impunity. I hope you’ll read our story.
latimes.com/california/sto…
They told police they were groped in the bathroom, inside their cells, in line for food. One woman said she was taken to the hospital after a detainee punched her head repeatedly, causing swelling. Another said a fellow detainee tried to shove a broomstick in his anus.
Most of the calls we examined alleged abuse or violence against detainees but we found only three cases in which detainees said they were victimized and a suspect was charged. In two of those, the suspects were deported before they could be arrested. The other case is pending.
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