A federal court case in California has serious implications for Washington state. JCIRA has long supported the move to eliminate private prisons, including closing down the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, which run by the GEO corporation.
It’s time to take action again! Tell the Biden administration to end the use of private prisons and private detention facilities for good! Now you can tweet your support for closure—even if you don’t normally tweet—through the Detention Watch Network (DWN). (See below.)
The background to the case: One of the big victories of the 2020 Washington legislative session was the passage of HB1090, the bill to end all private prisons and detention centers in our state. Now, GEO is doing all it can to stop the closure of these facilities.
All across the country, communities and states have passed legislation to shut down immigrant detention centers. A national consensus on ending these facilities is emerging. A catalyst for this movement was California’s AB32, a law that would prohibit new contracts and renewals with prison corporations like GEO. However, California’s AB32 has yet to be enforced. Disappointingly, the Biden administration has continued this lawsuit. In October, a U.S. District Judge issued a final ruling largely upholding AB32, and the GEO and the Biden administration have appealed the decision.
President Biden has yet to deliver on his campaign promises to protect immigrant communities, including closing down private prisons, which account for the detention of 81 percent of people currently in ICE Custody.
If the appeal of this case succeeds, GEO will continue its inhumane practices, and the Washington law will be in jeopardy.
Send your tweets today! What can you do to #UpholdAB32 and #FreeThemAll? Tweet to Biden and Harris today using the sample tweets below! DWN will be retweeting your tweets. Sample Tweets:
GEO can’t cover up the truth. Detention is inhumane, unnecessary, & carries a shocking record of abuse and in-custody deaths. Drop the lawsuit, @joebiden! The country is ready and willing to heal from the harm of detention. @POTUS @vp @kamalaharris #CommunitiesNotCages Click to tweet.
The mismanagement of the COVID outbreak in detention is reason enough for us to close down the centers that deprived our most marginalized communities of their humanity. End the use of private prisons and terminate contracts now, @POTUS! #FreeThemAll #CommunitiesNotCages Click to tweet.