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Responding to Biden-Sanders Task Force Recommendations on Immigration

“Our country is craving bold leadership that reflects our values of fairness, proportionality, inclusivity, and human dignity”  [NOTE: This statement has been updated to reflect a correction regarding the task force recommendations] Cleveland, OH – There are many strong policies in the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force policy recommendations on immigration, but there are also important […]

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Calling on the Democratic Party to Prioritize Return After Deportation

UPDATE:  The petition, signed by 408 people from Ohio and beyond, was delivered to the Democratic Party Platform Committee on July 14, 2020.  This petition signed by 408 individuals supports the inclusion of “return after deportation” in the 2020 Democratic Party platform. The Biden-Sanders unity task force included strong recommendations on this issue. We urge […]

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ALERT: Call Morrow County + Tell Them to Close the Jail Due to COVID!

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Morrow County Jail plans to start accepting new inmates, including ICE detainees, on June 17. This is unacceptable! The jail has failed to address the problems that turned it into a 100% COVID hotspot in the first place. Public health is at risk if this jail continues to operate. […]

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Houleye Thiam On Immigration Jail at “Break Down the Walls”

On June 6, Ohio Prisoners Justice League held a sit-in and Jericho Walk at the Ohio Statehouse, to draw attention to the COVID crisis going on behind bars in Ohio’s prisons and jail. Houleye Thiam, President of the Mauritanian Network for Human Rights in US (MNHRUS) addressed the crowd about the problems with immigration detention. Watch […]

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Morrow Co. Commissioner Whiston: “I personally sold thermometers to the jail”

You can’t make this stuff up. On June 8, we met with Morrow County Commissioner Tom Whiston to talk about the systemic failures at the Morrow County Jail, and present him with a petition to close the jail signed by 374 concerned Americans. Commissioner Whiston waffled between telling us he’s not in a position of […]

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10 Year-Old to Morrow Co. Commissioner: “You’re Not Even Paying Attention”

On June 8, a group of us met with Morrow County Commissioner Tom Whiston to talk about problems at the jail that led it to become 100% COVID-infected. It was a heated exchange, in which the Commissioner disputed all of our facts documented in a report using publicly-available evidence. My daughter Lucia, ten years old, […]

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Morrow Co. Responds to Having 100% COVID-Positive Jail

In response to the Ohio Immigrant Alliance report about the multiple ways Morrow County Correctional Facility (MCCF) violated its Infectious Disease Control Plan and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) National Detention Standards, causing the jail to become 100% COVID-positive, the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office and Health District issued a joint press release today. They […]

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NEW REPORT: Morrow Co. Failures Led to Mass Illness, Death

Morrow County Jail Ignored Multiple Protocols in COVID-19 Pandemic, Leading to 100% Positive Facility Mt. Gilead, OH – A new analysis from the Ohio Immigrant Alliance shows that during the COVID-19 pandemic,  the Morrow County Correctional Facility failed to follow its own Infectious Disease Control Program (IDCP), as well as the National Detention Standards required […]

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374 People Sign Petition to Close Morrow Jail

Three hundred and seventy-four individuals from Ohio and beyond signed a petition to the Commissioners of Morrow County, Ohio, demanding closure of the Morrow County Correctional Facility due to public health concerns: The COVID crisis at the Morrow County Jail cannot be fixed. The jail is completely infected, and Sheriff Hinton has failed in his […]

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How Morrow County Jail Became 100% COVID-Positive

Failure to Follow Ohio and Federal Detention Standards Led to Mass Illness and Death of Oscar Lopez Acosta A new report by Alexandra Magearu, PhD; Amy Crossin, Esq.; and Lynn Tramonte details how the Morrow County Correctional Facility became the first first county jail in Ohio, and the first ICE detention center in the United […]