Thursday, August 23, 2007

Video Documentary on Detention Centers.

While many people hear about, and are horrified about the way that a raid is carried out, often, the media fascination with that story, and possibly the public interest, seems to end, then and there. However, for the immigrant taken in that raid, the horrific paramilitary style of raid in which they are captured, is only the tip of the iceberg of their misery. Often, they are denied adequate legal counsel. Often, their basic rights which any "American" prisoner would have are denied to them, (such as visits with family, etc). And often, they are housed in horrible conditions. Sometimes, they are thrown in with hardened criminals in a county jail. Or, thrown into a privatized detention center, which in many ways, is not better, but worse, due to the lack of federal regulations. Media rarely picks up on the horror stories which occur in these prisons and detention centers, but there have been occasional stories of prisoners dying due to the awful conditions in them. Steward County Detention Center's conditions were SO deploreable, that 1,000 of its immigrant prisoners launced a two day hunger strike, at one point, in protest of the horrible conditions. And this three part series documents some of the reasons why.

Part 1.

Part 2.

Part 3.

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