Photo and Video Evidence of Unconstitutional Immigration Detention Conditions from Doe v. Wolf

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Photo and Video Evidence Unsealed in 2020

The following images show that inhumane conditions at Customs and Border Protection short-term detention facilities in Tucson, Arizona persist— despite an earlier court order in Doe v. Wolf. These images from early 2019 show:

  • Overcrowding so severe that a person must crawl over a concrete bench to move around the cell.
  • Men standing in the toilet stall of an overcrowded cell

According to the government’s own manual, they were not designed for people to sleep in the cells.




Photo and Video Evidence Unsealed in 2016

These video stills were submitted as exhibits in litigation depicts individuals wrapped in Mylar sheets sleeping on a concrete floor and benches in a cell so crowded there is no room to move around. This is a sample of conditions in Border Patrol’s “short-term” detention facilities in the Tucson Sector. 






The class-action lawsuit complaint alleges that Tucson Sector Border Patrol holds men, women, and children in freezing, overcrowded, and filthy cells for days at a time in violation of the U.S. Constitution and CBP’s own policies.

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