Senate Congressional Briefing on mass prosecution and incarceration of immigrants

Date: 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 2:00pm
Location: 
385 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Grassroots Leadership, and Justice Strategies invite you to a briefing for Senate Staff on the Mass prosecution and incarceration of immigrants for border-crossing

Tuesday, July 19th at 2PM
385 Russell Senate Office Building
RSVP at this link: http://bit.ly/29En3dz

By 2015, two simple immigration offenses — misdemeanor improper entry and felony re-entry — accounted for nearly half (49%) of all federal prosecutions.  A new book, Indefensible: A Decade of Mass Incarceration of Migrants Prosecuted for Crossing the Border documents the history of migrant criminalization through the voices of migrants and their families, federal judges, defenders, and human rights advocates.

The report details the origin and evolution of Operation Streamline and related expanded felony immigration prosecutions.  This surge added a criminal process to a what had typically been civil removal proceedings, at a cost estimated at $7 billion in incarceration costs alone since 2005.  

Indefensible connects these expanded migrant prosecutions to mass incarceration and overcrowding in the federal prison system, to the benefit of private prison companies which operate a shadow system of Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons holding contracts with the federal Bureau of Prisons. The ACLU’s 2014 report Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System investigated five CAR prisons in Texas and uncovered evidence of abysmal conditions, families torn apart, and excessive use of isolated confinement.

Speakers:

JUDITH A. GREENE — Director at Justice Strategies and author of Indefensible: A Decade of Mass Incarceration of Migrants Prosecuted for Crossing the Border

BETHANY CARSON — Immigration Researcher and Organizer at Grassroots Leadership and co-author of Indefensible: A Decade of Mass Incarceration of Migrants Prosecuted for Crossing the Border

CECILIA EQUIHUA — Loyola Law School graduate whose father was prosecuted for improper re-entry

CARL TAKEI — Staff Attorney at the ACLU’s National Prison Project and author of the 2014 report Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System

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