Detention Means Big Money for For-Profit Prisons (Infographic)

Sharita Gruberg
Date of Publication: 
May, 2014
Source Organization: 
Center for American Progress

A congressional mandate requires that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, maintain bed space to detain 34,000 immigrants per day at an annual cost of more than $2 billion. This arbitrary number is unrelated to the agency’s actual bed-space needs, wasting taxpayer dollars and placing immigrants at risk of abuse and mistreatment in detention facilities. The detention bed quota increases revenue for for-profit prisons.

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Gruberg, S. (2014). Detention Means Big Money for For-Profit Prisons [infographic]. Center for American Progress. Retrieved from