USA Today trying to make an anti-Trump story out of it…who would’a thought. Turns out the prior administration used them as well.
One potential point of concern is they plan to build new ones nearer the border. The way these contracts read is the government must guarantee a certain census level or pay for that level anyway. The administration is planning to hold detainees instead of releasing them right back. I’m sure this will have an enormous deterrent effect, which could leave plenty of empty cells.
The pressure to fill these, as happens in other localities, could have very real civil rights implications. I believe one of the reasons we have one of the highest incarceration rates is the pressure for governments to keep the prison census above the contracted levels.