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Family Detention Expands

ICE is currently accepting bids for contracts to construct three new privately run family detention centers, despite past controversies over Taylor, TX family detention center T. Don Hutto Residential Center. Several reports speculated that one of these proposed centers might be in Raymondville, Texas this month.

In January 2008, when we visited Raymondville, we talked […]


The Business of Detention has won the Melvin Mencher Award for Superior Reporting and the James Wechsler Award for Outstanding National Reporting.

We’ve also been picked up by Mother Jones and will be featured on their site come July 21.

Currently, Feltz & Baksh are fellows with the online news site News21, which is a […]

Business of Detention site is launched!

Take a look at our new site: When we first began to look at the phenomenon of immigrant detention in the United States, the obvious step to take as investigative journalists was to follow the money. We found that the trail of taxpayer dollars led primarily to the Corrections Corporation of America, a company […]

Tent City expansion near done

The Brownsville Herald reported “the $111 million Willacy County Detention Center’s inmate count has soared as construction crews completed its 1,000-bed expansion last month.” It also reported that the inmate count climbed to more than 1,950 undocumented immigrants and that on March 23, the detention center’s population reach a monthly high of 1,954. It now […]

CCA announces first quarter 2008 conference call

The call will be on May 6, 2008. According to the press release, a live broadcast of Corrections Corporation of America’s conference call will begin at 10:00 a.m. central time and is accessible through CCA’s website at under the “Webcasts” section of the Investor page. An on-line replay of the call will be archived […]

Expansion approved for Aurora Detention Center in Colorado

According to the Aurora Sentinel, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission overwhelmingly approved last week an expansion project to add about 68,500 square feet to the GEO immigration detention facility. Read more here.

Immigration Detention/enforcement-related videos from Youtube

Children Confined: Immigrant Detention at HuttoCredit: ACLU

Immigrants Deserve Dignity: Part1

T. Don Residential Center, CBS 11.



DOJ Budget Request Calls for Immigrant Detention Funds

The President released his $22.7 billion budget proposal for the Department of Justice in Fiscal Year 2009. Among the highlights is this funding for the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (OFDT):

Detainee Housing and Transportation: $37.6 million to accommodate an anticipated increase in the number of detainees housed in non-federal facilities. These resources […]

Stuart, Florida may turn bootcamp lot into immigration center

According to the TCPalm, federal officials are looking to locate an immigration facility in Stuart. The place in question is the site of the site of the former Martin County Sheriff’s Office boot camp, which will take at least several weeks, if not months to determine, the news outlet reported.

The space would provide office […]

Controversial family detention center may expand

Commissioners in Williamson County are considering adding as many as 250 immigrant women to the population held at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas. The women will be detained there along with about 250 other women and children who are awaiting hearings and possible deportation for being in violation of legal immigration […]