We’ve known for a long time how hopeless corrupt and awful the prison system is. Now that prisons can make money on American ethnic cleansing, well, you know where this is going:
A regional jail in The Dalles, Oregon, that houses detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has suggested local sheriffs keep their “numbers low” in the jail to make room for immigrant detainees.
The Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility — or NORCOR — has housed immigration detainees since 1999, when the facility first opened. Critics of that process say it violates Oregon’s sanctuary law and have sued the jail.
Documents included in that lawsuit give potential insight into how NORCOR allocates space for ICE detainees.
In a Sept. 29, 2016, email, then-NORCOR Lt. Dan Lindhorst wrote ICE to ask that they increase their number of detainees at the jail.
“I see this morning we are down to 26 ICE detainees,” Lindhorst wrote. “Could you please see if you can get these numbers up. We have been keeping the county numbers low to make room for the 40 detainees that you had asked for. If you are not going to use us to that extent, please let me know that as well so I can advise my sheriffs.”
Less than three hours later, an ICE official wrote back indicating detainees would soon arrive from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
“Tacoma is working on vetting more detainees to go to NORCOR,” ICE official Larry Peterson wrote. “I will let you know when they are ready for transfer.”
“Thanks, I have been getting pressed for people,” Lindhorst wrote back.
“No problem,” Peterson wrote. “I will keep hounding them for more.”
Lindhorst has since been promoted to NORCOR’s commander. He declined to comment Thursday, citing the pending litigation.
These people have no moral code at all. They are just stone racists. But there are of course financial interests involved.
NORCOR is the regional jail for Hood River, Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco counties. It also contracts with Benton County to house inmates.
But in recent years, the jail has become particularly reliant on funding from its increasingly lucrative contract with ICE. Last year, the federal agency paid NORCOR more than $900,000 to house detainees, according to the jail’s budget documents. That’s more than 11 percent of the jail’s 2017–18 budget.
The county’s contract with ICE doesn’t guarantee how much the federal agency will use NORCOR. But in 2016, Brandenburg told OPB that ICE does “their best to keep our numbers up a little bit.”
In 2016, Wasco County failed to continue a property tax levy to fund the jail, making the jail even more reliant on its contract with ICE.
“Huge,” Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt said when describing the problem if the jail’s ICE contract went away. “It would be a huge problem.”
Wouldn’t be a huge problem for the decent citizens of Oregon, few of whom to be fair live in Gilliam County, which might be the worst county in the state.
In conclusion, #AbolishICE