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For-profit immigrant detention centres face frequent inhumane treatment lawsuits

Outsourcing of immigration enforcement allows governments to abandon accountability.

Bernstein: Ballooning private detention accompanied by scathing inspections, lawsuits, news of abuseDespite the fact that human rights groups maintain detention is not an effective method of speeding the deportation process, the USA, Australia, and the UK primarily have increased their number of contracts for private detention services, reports Nina Bernstein in the New York Times. Riots, fires, protests, self-harm and suicides are the result of solitary confinement, lengthy incarceration, inhumane treatment and company misinformation to authorities.

"The men showed up in a small town in Australia's outback early last year, offering top dollar for all available lodgings. Within days, their company, Serco, was flying in recruits from as far away as London, and busing them from trailers to work 12-hour shifts as guards in a remote camp where immigrants seeking asylum are indefinitely detained.

It was just a small part of a pattern on three continents where a handful of multinational security companies have been turning crackdowns on immigration into a growing global industry..."

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Posted: October 14, 2011

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