Illinois law currently bars the privatization of prisons in the state. But this law does not bar private companies from building detention centers used to house immigrants. Illinois understands that jailing people is a "uniquely governmental function," and that bringing profit motives into detention leads to mismanagement and abuse. Corrections Corporation of America ("CCA") is currently trying to build a detention center in the Chicago-land area and this is NOT covered by existing law.
That's why I created a petition to the Illinois State House, the Illinois State Senate, and Governor Pat Quinn asking that current law be extended to bar the privatization of civil dentention centers.
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