Detainees Slam Facility Operator's Bid To Lower Damages

By Sarah Martinson (August 10, 2020, 9:59 PM EDT) -- Immigrant detainees who are suing a detention center operator for allegedly forcing them to participate in a voluntary work program urged a Georgia federal court to toss its counterclaim that detention costs should be deducted from damages in the suit.

Detainees at CoreCivic's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, said Friday that it was too soon for the federal court to rule on whether food and housing costs should be deducted from damages when the court hasn't even decided if the detainees are entitled to damages for allegedly being forced to work for less than minimum wage.

If food and housing...

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