Private Prison Continues to Send ICE Detainees to Solitary Confinement for Refusing Voluntary Labor
by Spencer Woodman
Posted February 13, 2018
Officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia locked an immigrant detainee in solitary confinement last November as punishment for encouraging fellow detainees to stop working in a labor program that ICE says is strictly voluntary.
Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old who immigrated to America to escape political persecution in Bangladesh, told The Intercept that the privately run detention center placed him in isolation for 10 days after an officer overheard him simply saying “no work tomorrow.” Ahmed said he was expressing frustration over the detention center — run by prison contractor CoreCivic — having delayed his weekly paycheck of $20 for work in the facility’s kitchen.
Those in ICE custody often work for as little as $1 per day and cannot legally be compelled to work. More…
If a prison is state run, its incentives are to have as few prisoners as possible. For profit prisons have all the wrong incentives. They maximize profit by having as many prisoners as possible. No surprise that these for profit prisons want to use their captives as a low cost labor force to squeeze even more profits out of this immoral system. “Show me the incentives, and I will show you the result.” In this case economics overcomes ethics and morality.