Report Details 'Harrowing' Conditions For Immigrants At Atlanta's City Jail

Aug 6, 2018

Project South and Georgia Detention Watch released a report on Monday detailing immigrant treatment conditions at the Atlanta City Detention Center.

Azadeh Shahshahani, the legal and advocacy director with Project South, said the 105-page report shows why Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms should make her temporary order not to house immigrants at the jail permanent.

"We are calling on the city of Atlanta to stop working with ICE and put an end to detention of immigrants whom as we document in this report are being treated inhumanely at the facility," Shahshahani said.

"What we found was that there are multiple issues including the over use, arbitrary use and abusive use of solitary confinement as well as a work program at the facility where immigrants are not being paid for their labor," Shahshahani said.

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The report is based on a year's worth of research and interviews with 38 detained immigrants.

Those detainees told stories of officials confiscating necessary medication and using solitary confinement in arbitrary ways, Shahshahani said.

Corrections officers have been accused of denying immigrants access to legal advice, denying basic needs to practice religion and providing "inedible" food. Bands of immigrants have undergone hunger strikes, according to the report.

The federal detention facility is run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. It’s one of four in Georgia.