At times, officers couldn’t determine how many individuals were being kept in hold rooms. That’s according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Friday, which expands on problems found at ICE detention facilities, including the one run by the GEO Group in Aurora.
In the Aurora detention center inspectors found a lack of cleanliness in food preparation, which netted the facility a deficient rating in sanitation. Then there were the inadequate logbooks, which led to confusion over holding and meal records.
Pictures: Inside ICE LockupA prominent problem the GAO found in throughout many detention facilities was the lack of reliable phone service, where as few as 35 percent of attempted calls were completed. The report also cited Aurora officials for failing to properly monitor the phone system.
According to inspectors, there was a major problem with sanitation and record keeping at the Aurora facility.
From the report (PDF):
The GAO found that overcrowding at the lockup also added to the need for portable beds, placed in aisles between regular beds.
GEO Group, the private prison firm that has run the facility since 1987, is no stranger to controversy. The company is currently the subject of a lawsuit, where plaintiffs are alleging inadequate and inhuman medical service. In late June, GEO was awarded a 7.7 million contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to operate community corrections services in Manhattan and the Bronx.