In response to the Department of Justice's recent decision to end the use of private prisons, the Southern Border Communities Coalition released the following statement:
The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) applauds the Department of Justice's decision to phase out the use of private prisons. When it comes to these corporate- run detention facilities, the jury is in: they are more violent, more prone to abuses and less safe for everyone. We call on the Department of Homeland Security to do the same and put an end to these abusive private detention facilities, which will always put profit before people. Every year, thousands of immigrants and their families are thrown into these facilities and routinely abused; some are even killed. SBCC will continue to fight to end these inhumane facilities and provide a voice for those who can not speak up.