The Eloy Detention Center has not failed an inspection since 2006 despite having the highest number of known deaths at any immigration detention center in the country and frequent reports of sexual assault, a new report by immigration reform advocates says.
“Under these circumstances, it was expected that the facility’s inspections reports would reveal a troubling history of failure to meet standards regarding medical care, suicide prevention and sexual assault prevention,” said the report. “Instead, the inspection reports reveal ICE’s complicity in obscuring the facility’s failure to meaningfully address its violations.”
The inspection process that Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses is ineffective and often makes it easier for detention facilities to pass, including those with publicly reported human rights abuses, according to the report by the National Immigrant Justice Center and Detention Watch Network.
The report is based on inspection documents for 105 immigration detention centers from 2007 to 2012, including Eloy, obtained after the groups sued the federal government.