Monday, July 14, 2014

Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System

Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System

To the Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice:

Harmonize policies and procedures in BOP and private prisons. Modify all contracts and solicitations to require that private prisons comply with all current and future BOP policies, procedures, program statements, and technical reference manuals, including but not limited to those regarding:

• Use of Special Housing Units (SHU), particularly subsequent to intake;

• Provision of adequate space, staffing, and services for each prisoner;

• Clear and uniform grievance procedures, including a meaningful opportunity for redress above the facility level; 

• Access to legal resources, including confidential contact attorney visits in areas free from auditory supervision of prison officers or staff; and 

• All aspects of medical and mental health care.

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