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U.S. stops using two immigration jails


Demonstrators in Atlanta protest conditions at an immigration detention center. Associated Press/Photo by Jeff Amy (file)

U.S. stops using two immigration jails

In September, a whistleblower claimed immigrant women at a detention facility in Georgia were subjected to hysterectomies without informed consent. The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday said it’s ending its contract with the Irwin County Detention Center, as well as another facility in Massachusetts where inmates reported lack of health precautions, overcrowding, and excessive force.

What happens next? DHS and the Justice Department are continuing to investigate accusations of medical mistreatment at the Georgia facility. The DHS announcement implied it is reviewing other locations, as well. Officials will transfer detainees at the closing centers to other facilities, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.

Dig deeper: Read Charissa Koh’s report in Compassion about the allegations in the whistleblower complaint against Irwin County Detention Center.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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