Based on figures released last week, about 600 immigrants are at a private prison in Mississippi. Approximately 575 immigrants called prisoners by officials are presently housed at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility (TCCF), Lynzey Donahue of US Marshal’s office said. While responding to questions, he said he cannot ascertain the number of people detained based on immigration issues as well as if any of them were asylum seekers. Such information including a list of offenses could only be gotten via Freedom of Information Act request, Donahue said.
TCCF began operations about two decades ago, the year 2000, with a capacity of 2,762 as revealed by Rodney King. Rodney King is the public affairs manager for the private company, by the name CoreCivic, in charge of the facility.
King revealed that CoreCivic sealed an agreement with the U.S. Marshal Service in June 2018 to keep about 1,350 inmates, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees inclusive, in TCCF.
The facility which services both the District of Puerto Rico and the Northern District of Mississippi has about 118 average population in the year 2018 according to figures from U.S. Marshal Service.
TCCF as Staging Center
In 2018, border arrivals increased drastically which led to the use of TCCF as a staging center where people awaiting initial hearing are temporarily held, said Bryan Cox – director of southern regions communications for ICE.
After the initial hearing, persons temporarily held in TCCF are moved to an ICE detention center as their immigration proceedings continue.
TCCF is a “stopping-off point” for asylum seekers before they are transferred to detention centers where they can use immigration court, Mother Jones said.
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