NM Rural Prison Hosting

The construction of prisons and detention centers in rural areas is frequently based on the untested assumption that the facilities will bring jobs. Thus, prisons are often promoted as rural development tools that will create jobs and stimulate rural communities. Numerous regional and national level studies (listed below) demonstrate that rural prison hosting does not … Read moreNM Rural Prison Hosting

Cumulative COVID-19 Cases in ICE Detention

Here’s another look at data illustrating the need to #FreeThemAll. The plot below shows cumulative COVID-19 counts over time for all facilities as reported by ICE and compiled via the Wayback Machine. The legend lists facilities in the order they first appeared on the ICE COVID-19 website. Facilities at the top appeared earlier while those … Read moreCumulative COVID-19 Cases in ICE Detention

COVID-19 in ICE detention by the numbers June wrap up

This month, DHS OIG issued a new report on COVID-19 in ICE detention. The report begins by noting that the number of positive cases “has risen dramatically” and that ICE detention facilities are unable to practice social distancing or to properly quarantine infected individuals. A couple of notes: Our letters to members of the NM … Read moreCOVID-19 in ICE detention by the numbers June wrap up

Tell Lujan Grisham to end ICE detention transfers in NM

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, called on organizations and individuals to sign-on to a letter requesting that New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham immediately stop transfers into and between ICE contract detention facilities in New Mexico. The letter was delivered June 25, 2020 and we are no longer accepting signatures. 20 organizations and 99 … Read moreTell Lujan Grisham to end ICE detention transfers in NM

Local Deaths in ICE Detention

This page summarizes documents regarding local deaths in ICE detention. Deaths are known to have occurred at the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC), the El Paso Service Processing Center, and the Cibola County Correctional Center (CCCC). Otero County Processing Center These documents conspicuously leave out Johana Media Leon who was killed by MTC’s medical negligence. … Read moreLocal Deaths in ICE Detention

Continued negligence by ICE and private contractors requires the immediate release of those held in ICE detention in NM and El Paso, TX

In solidarity with Millions for Prisoners, SURJ, Santa Fe Dreamers Project, and other New Mexico organizations, and on behalf of the FreeThemAll El Paso Coalition, we sent the following letter to county, state, and federal elected officials in New Mexico and Texas to raise concerns about COVID-19 and call for universal release of people detained … Read moreContinued negligence by ICE and private contractors requires the immediate release of those held in ICE detention in NM and El Paso, TX

#NoTieneMadre: Mothers demand ICE release people from detention for Mother’s Day

For Immediate Release El Paso, TX — Mothers from the El Paso/Juarez border region will be sending cards, notes and letters to loved ones inside ICE detention centers this Mother’s Day, Sunday May 10. Mothers are banding together this Mother’s Day to ask ICE to release their loved ones imprisoned in detention centers amid the … Read more#NoTieneMadre: Mothers demand ICE release people from detention for Mother’s Day

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