We have a new report coming out on Thursday titled "Cruelty and Corruption: Contracting to Lock Up Immigrant Women for Profit at the Hutto Detention Center".
Our report in partnership with the Texas Law Immigration Clinic explores why T. Don Hutto still remains open—despite multiple abuse allegations, a long history of profiting from the incarceration of people seeking refuge and safety, poor conditions, and more.
CoreCivic, a private prison company, bought the land Hutto was built on for 10 DOLLARS. Since then it's been a men's prison, a family immigration jail, and now an all-women immigration jail.
After analyzing both documents and the history of Hutto, here are some of the key findings (Full key findings will be available on Thursday):
- ICE and CoreCivic have entered into a ten-year contract for detention at Hutto against the express wishes of the local community to no longer host an immigration detention center in the area.
- CoreCivic has strong incentives to maintain or expand immigration detention at Hutto. These incentives encourage high levels of detention despite the expense to taxpayers and the lack of any sound policy reason.
- CoreCivic and its contractors at the Hutto facility maximize profits in large part by delivering poor service, subjecting detained women to unacceptable conditions—ranging from deprivation of adequate food to sexual abuse to forced labor.
- The federal government has not terminated or refused to extend any contract for the operation of Hutto, or otherwise exerted financial pressure on CoreCivic, even though conditions at Hutto fall short of the criteria set out in contracts and detention standards.
The story of Hutto is a story of women deprived of their liberty and dignity in the pursuit of profits for CoreCivic. It's also the story of accountability failures and a contracting process made to ensure continued detention at Hutto at all costs, despite questionable legality.
This story must finally end with a decision by the federal government to close Hutto—once and for all.
We also want to acknowledge that as we fight to shut down Hutto, a privately-owned prison, we must also continue the fight to shut down all jails, prisons, and cages. All prisons are harmful and unnecessary, and all must be shut down for true liberation.
The full report will be available on Thursday.