The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General's recent audit found ongoing issues at four of five Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities nationwide, including the Otero County Processing Center in Chaparral, NM. Conditions at the remote prison have stirred debate, just as its for-profit operator, Management and Training Corporation (MTC), has moved to expand its immigrant detention business in other states. Specific to Otero, federal inspectors observed non-working telephones, unsanitary bathrooms and unjustified lock-downs and solitary confinements. Documents also reveal the Otero facility has been exempted from ICE’s usual standards for providing recreational opportunities to detainees when it comes to access to natural light and dedicated outdoor recreation.
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