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4.0 out of 5 stars American Gulag: Held Without Trial or Legal Representation, September 26, 2009
This review is from: American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons (Paperback)
This book was a multi-year project. The author visited INS holding facilities, privately run prisons, and local city and county jails, all of which provide beds for illegal immigrants, criminal aliens and legal residents who have committed crimes and are awaiting the result of their deportation hearings.

Some are criminals who deserve to be incarcerated, while others are caught up in minor disagreements over the length of a tourist visa. A group of Israeli young people who were arrested while they sold toys at a local mall, all of whom were in the US legally, and claimed they were told by their employer that they had work visas. The young women in the group were interrogated while in the custody of the INS for approximately three weeks, by law enforcement officials who demanded to know what mosques these Jewish girls visited while they were in Toledo.

The situation is far more dire when the detainees aren't highly educated, don't speak or read English, or are recent-enough arrivals to America that they believe every interrogation by police will end with them being executed. Cultural mannerisms and faith-based requests are not well-understood, especially by the guards who work in local and privately-run jails and prisons, and this leads to a great deal of conflict, including physical and verbal abuse of detainees.

Some people won't believe that the author is reporting the truth. However, much of what Mark Dow writes has been corroborated by other researchers, especially about the inherent dangers of a privately run, for-profit prison system.
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