ACLU: Pinal County jails inhumane for illegal immigrants
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PHOENIX (AP) — A report by American Civil Liberties Union criticizes living conditions and policies for illegal immigrants at detention centers in Pinal County.
The ACLU is urging the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to cut its contract with the Pinal County Adult Detention Center in Florence.
It cites excessive jail time, inhumane conditions and sparse legal protection for detainees.
The 36-page ACLU report documents more than 100 personal interviews with immigrants behind bars.
The Arizona Republic says many of those interviewed claim they were held for years without any contact with family and have subsequently developed psychological illnesses.
ICE officials say the report publishes "unverified allegations" and the ACLU didn't offer the opportunity to respond to the claims.
The Pinal County Detention Center has had a contract with ICE since 2006.
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