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17 Apr 2018

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Southern Poverty Laws Cente (USA)

SPLC sues private prison company that uses forced labor of detained immigrants in Georgia to boost profits

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CoreCivic, Inc., a private prison company under contract with Stewart County, Georgia, to house individuals detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is forcing detained immigrants to work for as little as $1 a day to clean, cook, and maintain the detention center in a scheme to maximize profits, according to a class-action lawsuit the SPLC filed against the company today.  Detained immigrants at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia who refuse to work are threatened with solitary confinement and the loss of access to basic necessities...in violation of federal anti-trafficking laws, according to the lawsuit.  Similar lawsuits have been filed in California, Washington, Colorado and Texas...The “Dollar-a-Day” program creates a lucrative profit scenario for CoreCivic: Detained immigrants are forced to purchase basic necessities from CoreCivic’s commissary, and the primary way to fund their purchases is to participate in the work program that is necessary for the operation of the facility...

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