Evanston, WY. – Alongside the recent talk of Management Training Corporation’s construction of an envisioned immigration detainment center outside Evanston, some in legal professions are concerned that detainees wouldn’t have sufficient access to lawyers or advocates if they were jailed here in southwest Wyoming.
The concerns arose, for some, from the fact that Evanston doesn’t have any immigration lawyers practicing locally, and that quality of representation that would be available to detainees, be it from lawyers or advocates, would likely be substandard in the state.
In a WyoFile article, three lawyers explained some of the legal issues that detainees in a rural ICE facility outside Evanston would likely face.
All three of those lawyers interviewed for the piece said that Evanston is too isolated for lawyers and advocates to do their work properly, and that deportation proceedings for detainees, who could have legal grounds to stay, would likely be fast-tracked without proper access to representation.
Management Training Corporation, however, stated in the article that detainees would have full access to attorneys and that the company has worked with immigration advocacy groups in their other facilities. The company also stated that detainees would likely have access to representation from the Salt Lake City area.
Detention facilities like the one being proposed by Management Training Corporation are only monitored by ICE and Homeland Security, and are independently audited. Questions over the proposed Uinta County facility being too remote to be properly monitored are also raised in the WyoFile article.
Management Training Corporation’s operation of their facilities is also discussed, citing their ongoing legal issues over how detainees are treated in four of the five detention centers that the company manages.
Wyoming officials have stated previously that Management Training Corporation’s proposed jail is only subject to town and county officials approval, as it doesn’t fall under Wyoming’s state statute governing private prisons.
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Excerpts from this overview are from the WyoFile article titled: Lawyers worry about representation at proposed ICE jail
By Andrew Graham from WyoFile