PBS takes on private immigration detention

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television program NOW recently featured a story about for-profit immigration lockups in the United States. The report features the GEO Group, an embattled private prison firm that was recently allowed to add 1,100 beds to its 400-bed Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison on the outskirts of Denver.

 

Here is a link to a video of the story, which includes an interview from a former worker at the immigration lockup in Colorado.

 

The GEO Group declined to be interviewed for the broadcast.

 

(Photo/PBS NOW)

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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