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Activists demand oversight after Arizona detainee deaths

PHOENIX — Human rights groups are demanding more transparency and
independent oversight over the nation’s immigration detention centers after two
Guatemalans committed suicide at an Arizona facility that has seen multiple
detainee deaths in recent years.

Activists blasted the federal government Wednesday for not making public
internal reviews of detainee deaths. They questioned whether the detainees are
receiving adequate health care.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced last week that two
detainees had committed suicide within three days at the Eloy Detention Center
located about 70 miles from Phoenix. The suicides marked the third death of an
Eloy detainee since December.

In all, six detainees nationwide have died in custody this year.

The Eloy Detention Center is a 1,596-bed, minimum-security facility run by
Corrections Corporation of America.


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