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Punishment and Profits: Al Jazeera Visits Immigration Detention

Posted: Apr 12, 2012


Every day, the U.S. government detains more than 33,000 non-citizens at the cost of $5.5mn a day. That is a lot of money for the powerful private prison industry, which spends millions of dollars on lobbying and now operates nearly half of the country's immigration detention centres. Al Jazeera's Fault Lines travels to Texas and Florida to investigate the business of immigrant detention in the United States and to find out how a handful of companies have managed to shape U.S. immigration laws. Watch the video



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