Detention Facility Looks To Overcome History Of Medical Negligence
KPCC takes a look at both the troubled history of the Adelanto Detention Facility and the changes its made in the past few years.
Have Changes At Adelanto Immigrant Detention Center Led To Better Health Care?
ICE has relied increasingly on private contractors to hold a detainee population that has exploded over the past two decades as immigration rules have tightened. ICE officials say they don’t have the capacity to handle so many detainees themselves. In recent months, private facilities have drawn increasing attention, first from California state lawmakers, and more recently the federal Department of Homeland Security, which holds roughly 33,000 immigrants in detention on a daily basis. There have been a series of problems over the years in ICE detention centers, including lawsuits tied to issues like overcrowding and medical negligence. (Berenstein Rojas, 10/12)
Inside The Adelanto Detention Facility: Troubled History, Vows For Reform
California's largest privately run immigrant detention facility – and a key holding site for immigrants from Southern California – has recorded lapses in care during a four-year period when at least three detainees have died, according to documents obtained by KPCC and interviews with former detainees and their families... Upon arriving in Adelanto, [Carlos] Hidalgo said he faced multiple challenges, including access to legal materials, long wait times for medical care and the psychological stress of being far away from his children and parents. He also said the food was of poor quality and left him constantly hungry. (Merina, 10/11)