Private Competition for McHenry Couty Jail ICE Detention Fought by Democrats

Dwight is trying to get a private ICE dentention center approved for its town.

Democrats in Springfield are not happy.

House Bill 2040 would prohibit privately-owned ICE detention centers.

Those of us in McHenry County can figure out that such a detention center in Dwight would compete with the service provided by the McHenry County Jail.

But local State Representatives did not vote to protect our jail from such competition, as one can see below:


Private Competition for McHenry Couty Jail ICE Detention Fought by Democrats — 6 Comments

  1. I have no problem with the way that the local reps voted – a government operated business shouldn’t be protected from competition from the private sector.

    IDK if the issue has ever been settled in court, but I’m not sure that a state has the power to block a private business from entering into a contract with the federal government.

  2. Billy Bob – if you actually read the bill, you’d see that the bill doesn’t prohibit the private contractors from entering into a contract with the feds.

  3. “There’s sort of a pattern here that towns begin the process of walking down this road toward building a private, for-profit immigration detention center and then, at some point, decide it really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be,” Cassidy said. “This is one more step in that saga that we’ve seen play out several times already.”

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    The proposed law would amend the Private Correctional Facility Moratorium Act to prohibit any local government from contracting with a private provider for “community correctional supervision.”

    The moratorium has been part of Illinois law for decades and prohibits local, county and state governments from hiring private companies to incarcerate people in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice or a sheriff.

  4. Alabama, I’d agree with you if you promised self-deporting yourself to Lower-Slobobia.

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