Updated: July 12, 2013 6:39AM
In response to the SouthtownStar’s May 31 editorial supporting an immigration detention center for Joliet, none of the opposition to the center was exaggerated or premature. Talks about a detention center for Joliet were going on for months, so it wasn’t as innocuous an effort as the editorial suggests.
The private detention facility that was being considered would have been operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the worst of the private companies in the treatment of those incarcerated. Families are separated from each other. More often than not, the detainees have no means of access to legal help, and some of them are deemed criminals when they are not.
CCA skimps in any way possible to increase its profit, which is so much per head, and uses all efforts to hold people as long as it can. Its employees at its private detention facilities are poorly paid and untrained.
It was surprising to hear that the newspaper thought it would be just fine to have a private detention center in Joliet, without regard to the humanity of its citizens or those incarcerated. Such a decision would have brought much strife to Joliet’s community and I’m relieved that CCA abandoned its proposal.
B. E. Murphy