I have done my best to keep the prison gulag number to the left as up-to-date as possible. One item that goes into that count that has skyrocketed is the number of detainees being held by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service (ICE).
ICE police have achieved the dubious status of a full-fledged, proto-fascist organization within the Department of Homeland Security. It’s difficult to describe them as anything else.
Detainees, the vast majority of them undocumented workers from Mexico, are being increasingly criminalized, and held for longer and longer periods of time. Private prisons CCA and the GEO Group are earning fortunes for their investers, such as the two main assistants to the governor of Arizona. ICE now holds over 400,000 of these souls.
All toll, the current American prison system thus now holds a total of 2,893,198 prisoners. more…