Adelanto: Abuse of Immigrants in Detention-for-Profit

Indivisible Morongo Basin has been participating with other groups in protest of the situation at the Adelanto Detention Center, and updates can be found on our Immigration Issues page.  Below is a brief background on the ADC, a for-profit facility.    

Adelanto Detention Center is an Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility operated on behalf of the government by private prison company, GEO Group. ICE contracts account for 18% of GEO Group’s business, or $1.84 billion in 2015.

There are approximately 2,000 beds at Adelanto, and some detainees have been held for years. Currently there are quotas: the government guarantees to GEO that they will provide minimum 1,455 detainees to be housed at a cost of $111.92 per detainee, per day ($162,843 per day), and any additional detainees will be housed at a cost of $50 per detainee per day (potentially an additional $27,250 per day or $190,093 per day total, or $69 million per year total).

Conditions at Adelanto are not ideal and are not accountable to state review, being under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security. A review of conditions by the Homeland Security Advisory Council last fall rejected the ongoing use of private prison companies to detain immigrants, but to the contrary, the Trump administration has moved to expand private immigration detention, and signed a $110 million deal with GEO in April 2017 to build a new 1,000 bed detention facility in Texas.

Meanwhile, six people incarcerated at Adelanto for immigration matters have died while held there, including three within three months in 2017. Causes of death include internal bleeding (Sergio Alonso Lopez); complications following a suicide attempt (Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba); acute coronary syndrome (Vicente Cácares-Maradiaga); cancer that went undiagnosed for two years (Raul Ernesto Morales-Ramos); pneumonia (Fernando Dominguez-Valdivia) and a heart attack (Jose Manuel Azurida-Hernandez).

In protest of the conditions, unrealistic bail, and poor treatment, detainees who arrived as asylum seekers in the 2017 Caravan from Central America began a hunger strike. The “Adelanto 9” are now the Adelanto 8 following the deportation of one of the hunger strikers.

Keep updated on continued punitive and retaliatory measures used against detainees in response to legal protests supporting the strikers and ways that you can help on our Immigration Issues page.

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