COLUMBUS — The American Civil Liberties Association of Ohio is urging the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to terminate its contract to house immigrant prisoners at a for-profit prison in Youngstown.
The ACLU is asking BOP to end its contract with the Nashville-Tenn.-based Corrections Corp. of America to house 1,507 federally convicted and sentenced undocumented immigrants at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on Hubbard Road.
Those prisoners constitute about 75 percent of NEOCC’s 2,000 inmates.
The immigrant-inmate contract in Youngstown expires May 31, 2015, and CCA officials will be taking BOP officials on a tour of the Youngstown facility later this month.
CCA has been urging public support for renewal of the immigrant-housing pact in Youngstown, rather than transferring it elsewhere, to maintain NEOCC’s 418 jobs, $21.7 million annual payroll, and the resulting economic benefit to the local community.
The ACLU’s objection is based on its national report, titled “Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System.”
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