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The Cost of Immigrant Detention
How do profits shape punishment?
Arizona State University
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Arizona: The Cost of Immigrant Detention
How do profits shape punishment?
Arizona State University

Arizona’s Eloy Detention Center is the third largest immigrant detention facility in the nation. It is also one of the most notorious. Among the 32 deaths of detainees in the United States from 2003-2015, 14 perished while incarcerated at Eloy—with five of these deaths attributed to either suicide or asphyxiation. The facility offers a prime case example for understanding the human costs of the for-profit corrections industry upon immigrants, their families, and those who work within detention facility walls. Operated by the private company Corrections Corporation of America, Eloy received $64.47 per day from the federal government for each person detained in 2015. As Corrections Corporation of America strives to provide “quality corrections services, offer a compelling value, and increase occupancy and revenue,” incentives to extend sentences while reducing spending on food, staffing, and medical care contribute to the realities facing detainees each day.

Our Point of View

As graduate students in Arizona, the site of controversial immigration legislation and home to 8% of all immigrant detention beds in the United States, we drew upon our diverse academic and personal connections to incarceration and immigration to engage perspectives of detainees and those who detain, the public sector and the private, and other community stakeholders. We drew from art, photographs, oral histories, government and financial reports, court cases, news outlets, and personal experiences.

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Arizona: The Cost of Immigrant Detention    Arizona State University
How do profits shape punishment?
Arizona: The Cost of Immigrant Detention
How do profits shape punishment?
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