A protestor climbed a light pole outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma on Monday and hung and unfurled a sign reading "You are not alone" in Spanish to the detainees inside. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

Jayapal and Smith push bill to end immigration’s private prisons

The bill also would increase the burden of proof before immigration authorities can detain people, and heighten accountability at detention centers.
Oct 23, 2017
Outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where immigrants facing deportation are incarcerated, and immigration cases are heard by the Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review. (Photo by Damme Getachew)

Northwest Detention Center sued by state over $1-a-day wage

The suit says GEO Group violated state minimum wage laws, after it paid Northwest Detention Center immigrant detainees $1 a day.
Sep 20, 2017

Detained immigrants launch hunger strike at Northwest Detention Center

A group of about 400 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are participating in the hunger strike, activists say.
Apr 11, 2017
Employee cars and trucks parked outside of the Northwest Detention Center yesterday had picket signs charging "unfair labor practices" and understaffing" at the privately-run facility. (Photo by Victoria Mena)

Labor unrest at GEO Group’s immigrant detention center in Tacoma

More bad news for private prison contractor the GEO Group, as guards at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are picketing for better conditions.
Oct 13, 2016

U.S. immigration agency to review private prison deals

This review of whether to phase out private prisons would include The GEO Group's Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
Aug 29, 2016
The GEO Group's headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo from Wikipedia)

GEO Group stocks fall after Justice Dept. plans end of private prisons

Activists also have criticized GEO Group's management of the Northwest Detention Center, accusing it of cutting costs on services for immigration detainees.
Aug 18, 2016

Get the scoop from investigative pros Oct. 15!

Get the scoop on basic investigative reporting from Seattle Globalist pros Venice Buhain and Lael Henterly Thursday, Oct. 15 at Columbia City's Tutta Bella.
Oct 7, 2015
Guards book a new detainee into the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. The facility is run by the Geo Group, a private corrections corporation, on contract from the Department of Homeland Security

GEO Group signs new 10 year contract for the Northwest Detention Center

GEO Group, criticized for its treatment of immigrant detainees, signed a contract to continue operations at the Northwest Detention Center through 2025.
Oct 2, 2015
Citizens gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in the dawn hours to blockade busses with deportees from leaving. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

Bernie Sanders wants private companies out of the immigration detention business

Tacoma immigration detention center is one of many private prisons that Sanders wants closed.
Sep 23, 2015

Fewer immigrants filling Tacoma detention center, as doubts grow about new contract

With a big contract in the works, Tacoma detention center for immigrants sits half empty.
Apr 2, 2015
The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma has been used to imprison immigrants slated for deportation since April of 2004. (Image via Google Maps)

ICE contract to house immigrant detainees opening this summer

Looking for a business opportunity? Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking for someone to provide secure accommodations for thousands of immigrants slated for deportation from the Northwest each year.
Jun 2, 2014
A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Gates Foundation resists pressure to pull private prison investment

Earlier this week detainees at the Northwest Detention Center called an official end to their 56 day hunger strike in protest of conditions at the Tacoma facility. One of their stated victories was that the strike drew international attention to the private prison network operated by Florida-based corrections corporation the GEO Group. The storm of […]
May 8, 2014