Sunday, December 19, 2010

Seven Vance Laughlins Failing A ICE Audit

Yesterday we discussed one of Corrections Corporation of America's corporate conducted operational audits of Warden Vance Laughlin. Today we will discuss an audit that the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted under his leadership at the Stewart Detention Center. The Department of Homeland Security/Immigrations and Customs Enforcement contract with Stewart County, Georgia and CCA to run the Stewart Detention Center. It is my understanding that CCA now houses over 50% of the total number of immigrants that are being detained by ICE in contracted for-profit facilities.

ICE Audits are designed to monitor a facilities operations through measurable criteria. They can also be used as a way to monitor how well a private company is running a ICE contracted facility. The standards that Vance Laughlin and the Stewart Detention Center were measured under can be found here.

On this occasion ICE brought in an audit team that found the Stewart Detention Center under Vance Laughlins leadership to be so troubled that it refused to complete the audit as scheduled. In my opinion this was because the Stewart Detention Center had performed so sub-par that ICE was afraid to actually document it's official findings. ICE audit staff took the step of declaring that the audit was a "practice" audit. However this was done only after it had started the audit and began to find very serious and disturbing answers to the questions and observations it was making during it's official auditing process.

One can only wonder what is actually going on inside of ICE's privatised for-profit facilities. If what ICE did at the Stewart Detention Center on this occasion is a common practice then how can people trust it's monitoring of any privatised facilities? By engaging in a conspiracy to cover-up and hide the results of it's own findings ICE is showing a serious lack of credibility in it's ability to monitor privatised facilities. To this writer, ICE also seems to be purposefully creating a deceitful situation in which the American public is being conned into believing that ICE contracted facilities are being ran much better and safer than they actually are.

All opinions and allegations expressed here are just that. Please cross check anything you read before forming your own decision.