Does Jeb Bush Oppose Detention Quota?
After the July 4 parade in Amherst, Governor Jeb Bush spent a few minutes mingling with the crowd at the town common. I approached him as he was leaving, stuck out my hand, and mentioned that my friend had spoken to him several weeks ago about the detention quota for immigrants.
Gov. Bush looked puzzled. “Detention quota?” he asked.
I tried to give a quick explanation of the federal budget provision that requires capacity to incarcerate 34,000 immigrants at a time, and that currently most of them are held in for-profit prisons.
“Have you been able to reflect on this policy?” I asked. “People are being picked up to feed the profits of for-profit prisons.”
“I’m totally opposed to that if that’s the case,” Bush finally replied, while attempting to steer the conversation toward the release of violent criminals.
We will try to supply his campaign with information that documents how the “detention quota” is operating, with for-profit companies getting 62% of the detainees. Given that their contracts include “guaranteed minimum” provisions, it’s certainly fair to say that there’s a close link between detention policies and the profit motives of the prison companies.