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@LATimes reporter covering immigration. She/her. Hablo español. Formerly @FresnoBee and @Oregonian. Tips: Andrea[dot]Castillo[at]
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.…
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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