Ongoing substandard care and treatment of Immigrant Detainees at the GEO Group’s Privatized Adelanto, California Facility

Ongoing substandard care and treatment of Immigrant Detainees at the GEO Group’s Privatized Adelanto, California Facility

During our May 2018 unannounced inspection of the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in Adelanto, California, OIG identified a number of serious issues that violate ICE’s 2011 Performance-Based National Detention Standards and pose significant health and safety risks at the facility. Specifically, we are concerned about the following:

  • Nooses in Detainee Cells (Page 3)
  • Improper and Overly Restrictive Segregation (Page 4-7)
  • Untimely and Inadequate Detainee Medical Care (Page 7-9)

The Adelanto Center was to comply with ICE’s 2011 Performance-
Based National Detention Standards, as revised in December 2016. These detention standards establish requirements for areas such as:

  • environmental health and safety: e.g., cleanliness, sanitation, security, admission into facilities, classification, detainee searches, segregation 2 (Special Management Units), and disciplinary system;
  • detainee care: e.g., food service, medical care, and personal hygiene;
  • activities: e.g., religious practices, telephone access, and visitation; and
  • grievance system.

GEO’s (a privatized federal prison) facility’s deficiency’s continue to demonstrate:

1. Under the Obama Adm., the Justice Department phased out its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.

2. The OIG’s most recent report: 9/2018 continues to demonstrate GEO’s inability to function without oversight.

How we treat immigrants is a reflection of our core value history, is this us?

Please click the link and read the report if full.



Dr. M. Blatstein

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