Congratulations to Seth Freed Wessler on his article about immigrants incarcerated in privatized prisons [“Separate, Unequal, and Deadly,” Feb. 15]. These human beings don’t deserve to be treated differently from any other prisoner in the federal system.
I’ve seen my share of “bad institutions” in over 30 years of travel and visits to 828 jails in 49 states and numerous prisons in the United States and beyond. Based on these visits, I’m not surprised by what Freed Wessler described. Too often I found such prisons understaffed, and the staff undertrained. What is really sad is that the Federal Bureau of Prisons now applies a double standard when it comes to confining immigrants.
Anybody who has read American correctional history understands that up until court involvement in the late 1960s, people who were arrested and confined lost their rights. This country endured 30 years of protracted litigation to force many state and local governments to implement medical programs, require that officers be educated and trained, provide acceptable food and medical care, and set down rules for mail, telephone, and visitation programs. Immigrants incarcerated in this country deserve to be treated the same as any other inmate in our American institutions. Privatization is not the way to do it!
Congratulations to Ann Jones for an easily understandable explanation of Nordic socialism as well as a demonstration of how poorly the United States fares in comparison [“After I Lived in Norway, America Felt Backward—Here’s Why,” Feb. 15].
Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals didn’t happen overnight, and it was not just a few sit-ins at Obama for America (OFA) campaign headquarters that made President Obama and then–Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano believe that this was the right policy to implement, as suggested in “Dreams No Longer Deferred” [Feb. 8]. Winning DACA was a long, arduous process of resistance, brilliance, and diligence by an immigrant community that has been unjustly scapegoated and marginalized for decades.