Editorial: Bed quotas for immigration detainees a costly flub

April 16, 2015
The Spokesman-Review

"The bed quota forces Homeland Security to detain nonviolent people who are not a threat to the public. The policy is inflexible, expensive and sometimes inhumane.

And the share of private detention beds in the system has increased from 49 percent to 62 percent since the quotas were imposed. Two companies, Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group, have landed most of that business.

Grassroots Leadership, a nonprofit social justice group, released a report Wednesday highlighting the plight of some detainees and the lobbying efforts of CCA and GEO Group, particularly with the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. CCA has spent nearly $10 million lobbying the panel since 2008. Both companies deny trying to influence immigration policy."