Prompted by the re-entrance into an agreement with ICE by the Wyatt Detention Center, legislation was introduced which would have barred private prisons from operating in the state of Rhode Island entirely and limited the ability for carceral facilities in Rhode Island to cooperate with ICE. We supported this step towards state disentanglement from federal immigration enforcement, referencing our prior lawsuit against the Wyatt after an ICE detainee died in custody following months of medical neglect and abuse. These bills both died in committee.
Ban on Private Prisons (H 7739, S 2509)
Representative Joshua Giraldo and Senator Jonathon Acosta
Died in Committee