This week, I found an article from the Huffington Post that speaks out against a recent movement by the Obama administration to turn private prisons into “licensed child care facilities.” As many of you may think (I did), what would be the motive? Apparently, refugee families are being detained in private prisons after they fled from Central and South America.
Since last summer, more and more of these refugees have been funneled into crowded private institutions by the U.S. government. These facilities lack even the smallest comforts such as heating. Mothers and their children are suffering from “poor health, weight loss, diarrhea, bed-wetting, and nightmares.”
This article was actually written yesterday in attempt to get out the word that the government is trying to license these facilities as “family residential centers.” This is all coming up now because last year, a federal judge declared this type of detainment as a violation from a supreme court case known as Flores. Basically, this just ensures that all detainment facilities must be “safe and sanitary.” So, tomorrow, the Obama administration and the DHS will argue that these facilities should be licensed to allow them to continue this practice. The argument will be made tomorrow.
I bring this up because it shows how these private prisons can be used as tools for anyone with money (even the government) to circumvent long-standing rules that could not be circumvented otherwise. There are innocent children being held in prison. If the ruling is overturned because of the arguments made tomorrow, then this will continue to grow and more people will be held in facilities that are worse than actual prisons.
What do you think about private prisons being used as prisons for refugee women and their children?