UPDATE 1-Private U.S. prisons for immigrants rife with abuses -report
(Adds statement from Bureau of Prisons, MTC)
By Jon Herskovitz
AUSTIN, Texas, June 10 (Reuters) - Private prisons holding more than 25,000 people who violated U.S. immigration laws are cutting corners to generate profits and subjecting inmates to systematic abuse, a report released on Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union said.
The Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons, five of which are located in Texas and eight in other states, have drawn little attention and oversight, while subjecting inmates to "shocking abuse and mistreatment," the report said.
"Putting profit before people seems to touch every facet of life at CAR prisons," the report said.
"The U.S. Bureau of Prison's reliance on private prisons is unlikely to end any time soon."
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) spent about $600 million in the 2013 fiscal year to pay for what it calls the "privately operated institutions," according to the ACLU.
The bureau said it takes the allegations seriously but will not comment on the report's specifics. It added the bureau's low-security institutions are overcrowded and it monitors the private prisons closely.
"The bureau has found that contracting with the private sector provides an effective means of managing low security, specialized populations," it said in a statement. Continuación...