|The Systems That Silence|
What drove a 40-year-old Mexican immigrant to kill himself in ICE detention?
In a joint investigation by PRX/WNYC’s “The Takeaway” and The Intercept, José Olivares exposes the neglect that took place at Stewart Detention Center, operated by private prison company CoreCivic. The suicide came after 21 days in solitary confinement — which would be torture for anyone, but especially for detainees with mental health issues.
An accompanying video documents the final 18 hours of Efraín Romero’s life, narrated by the people who witnessed the events firsthand. It’s a harrowing but necessary look at “a system that sets people up to die.”And what doesn’t kill you will constantly surveil you: The U.S. borderlands, Will Parrish writes, have become a laboratory for new systems of enforcement and control.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has contracted the American division of Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military company, to build high-tech surveillance towers on the Tohono O’odham Nation’s reservation in Arizona — and it’s not clear that the eyes in the sky are there only for border control.
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