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Immigrants placed in unlawful solitary confinement in Lumpkin

A 24-year-old man has waged a claim about the ill treatment he's been receiving at the Lumpkin, Georgia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility where he's being held. The Stewart Detention Center is currently being run by CoreCivic, a private government contractor.

The Bangladeshi man alleges that he was subjected to solitary confinement lasting ten days in Nov. 2017 after he reportedly told a fellow detainee that he didn't need to show up for work the following day.

The man was reportedly protesting the fact that he hadn't yet received his own $20 paycheck for working in the kitchen at the facility when he made the statement. In the case inmates housed there, they reportedly make the equivalent of only one dollar a day.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy allows those detainees housed at any of their detention facilities to voluntarily refuse to work. Despite this, there are a number of recent claims similar to this detainee's on the books. In one instance in October, a man at the same facility was ordered to spend 30 days in solitary confinement after he encouraged others locked up there to also refuse to work.

In responding to the accusations of the treatment these men received for urging others not to work, a spokesperson with CoreCivic skirted answering why the detainees in these two cases were ever moved. The spokesperson did not, however, that the holding cells where they temporarily sent to live were far from solitary confinement.

This, however, doesn't align with the latest detainee's description of having been so isolated that he couldn't communicate with others without screaming. The man's complaints about his declining mental health while being held in solitary confinement seem to support the idea that the man was quite isolated as well.

If you suspect that your loved one has been either unlawfully or unfairly treated by ICE officials, an immigration-related criminal defense attorney can advise you of your legal rights.

Source: The Intercept, "Private Prison Continues to Send ICE Detainees to Solitary Confinement for Refusing Voluntary Labor," Spencer Woodman, Jan. 11, 2018

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