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Thursday, June 10, 2010

A kinder, gentler detention center for illegal immigrants

Several detention centers for illegal immigrants are introducing changes to make these places "less penal and more humane," the Houston Chronicle reports. A lot of these are aimed at the low-risk detainees, giving them longer visiting hours and more access to phone lines. And there will be more healthy food and more recreation opportunities, including movie nights, bingo and art classes in some places.

An ICE spokesman says the point of these centers isn't punishment, but to hold people until they can be deported. A union representing ICE guards is unhappy about the changes, saying they put employees' safety at risk.

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