Voices from South Texas Detention Center

Quotes collected by - Andrew Leith

“'We haven’t seen each other for 2 or 3 weeks and we were newlyweds...we just sat down and looked at each other and then we just cried.' There are no contact visits allowed at STDC, so they touched their hands together through the glass. They couldn’t feel each other, so they would knock on the glass to feel the vibration. 'It’s like we are worse criminals than the people in prison,' Naz said.”
— Muhammad Nazry (Naz) Mustakim, Payoff: How Congress Ensures Private Prison Profit with an Immigrant Detention Quota by Grassroots Leadership, April 2015, p. 19

"At the end of the dorm there’s a door, a door that opens up to a recreation area about the half of the size of a basketball court. And it’s concrete, all the way up and then the only opening is the top area…you really don’t get to see the outside, you don’t get to see the grass or whatever. There is a drain hole, a very small drain hole for the water to flow out of the rec area, if you looked through that you were able to see the grass on the other side."
— Muhammad Nazry (Naz) Mustakim, Interview with Sarah Lopez, October 2015.