Action Alert: Include Judge Sam Sparks' conditions requirement for Hutto
Central Texas Residents: Email the county commissioners of Williamson County and urge them to include the provisions of the 2007 settlement in the contract renewal. A message from Mary Ellen Kersch, WilCo resident:
We all know how utterly terrible and inhumane conditions were at T Don Hutto prior to the ACLU suit that resulted in Judge Sparks requiring some very minimal changes; prisoners were wakened in the middle of the night for head count, mothers had to have their young children in the room with them when they detailed the horrors that had led them to seek asylum in this country, no toys in their rooms, spoiled food to eat, etc.
Judge Sparks' order expires in August, at which time there will be nothing to prevent the return of those horrid conditions. WCCC approved renewal of the contract with no amendment to incorporate Sparks' mandates. Bad as it is that they voted to renew, it is totally essential that they add those standards to the renewal. Next Tuesday we will ask them to do that.
Please add your voice to this tragic plea. And tell everyone you know who has a conscience to call their commissioner and Judge Gattis, and email them. Repeatedly.
Message to Williamson County Commissioners' Court: If you refuse to remove Williamson County from partnering with imprisoning children, at least require Judge Sparks' standards to be part of the renewal contract.
Dignity Not Detention Vigil | T. Don Hutto Detention Center | Taylor, TX. | 7pm, Saturday, August 7th, 2010. See post.
What is T Don Hutto?
The T Don Hutto facility held men, women (some pregnant), children, and infants from May 2006 to September 2009. Administered by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country's largest for-profit corrections company, the center now holds around 500 adult women, many of whom are seeking asylum.
The Berks County Family Care Shelter still detains families. We continue to advocate for an end to family detention policy.
ICE champions the facility as a model for "civil" detention, despite patterns of sexual abuse and the continued detention of low-risk noncitizen women.
This blog is dedicated to providing information about Hutto and women's detention issues.
100 Events in 100 Days to End Family Detention
We did it! People like you came together and organized over 100 events to end family detention in Obama's first 100 days. Our online petition has over 55,000 signatures and counting! Our deepest gratitude!
Thanks to your support, ICE ended family detention at Hutto in September of 2009. The facility now holds exclusively women. We continue to advocate for their rights to due process, fair immigration proceedings, and non-penal custody.
Click here for a list of detention facilities across the U.S.
Related Blogs and Links
America's Family Prison a short film chronicling the rise of Hutto and its impact on detainees and the local community
The Least of These a feature-length documentary that follows the implementation of family detention at Hutto, the lawsuit, and protests against the facility. Premiered at Austin's South-by-Southwest Film Festival in March of 2009.
A grassroots effort of pro-migrant, human-rights, and civil-rights bloggers and on-line activists dedicated to the enactment of meaningful immigration reform that is practical, rational, fair, and humane.
Homeland Gitmos Follow an investigation of detainee treatment in American detention centers. An interactive website, complete with videos, detainee testimonies, photos, maps, and more.
Business of Detention an exciting new interactive website examining the link between federal immigration policy and the corporations that are profiting off it Detention Watch Network a national coalition dedicated to tracking immigrant detention issues