"The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona today
demanded that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials remove
immigration detainees from the Pinal County Jail (PCJ) or immediately
remedy unconstitutional conditions at the facility, where hundreds of
detainees are held in unsanitary conditions and subjected to abuse,
despite the government’s pledge to create a “truly civil” immigration
detention system. In a letter sent today
to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton and
other top government officials, the ACLU charges that an investigation
into the jail has revealed unacceptable conditions of confinement that
are indisputably punitive, despite the fact that the immigration
detainees there are held on civil, and not criminal, charges." - ACLU AZ, June 12, 2012.
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