Coalition Letter Calls on Biden Administration to End Private and Local Detention Contracts and Take Steps to Dismantle Detention System

October 11, 2021

The American Immigration Council joined 219 other organizations in a letter expressing disappointment regarding the planned reopening of Moshannon Valley Correctional Center, a former Bureau of Prisons (BOP) jail, as an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center and the conversion and expansion of the Berks County ICE detention center to an adult facility for women.

The letter calls on the Biden administration to terminate private and local contracts, halt all other efforts to expand the ICE detention system, apply the Executive Order on privately operated prisons to end immigration detention contracts with private prison companies and local governments, and take significant steps to dismantle the system of mass immigrant incarceration and the use of detention for asylum processing. 

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