ACLU Secures End to Overcrowding at San Diego Correctional Facility
SAN DIEGO – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) agreed today to keep the number of immigration detainees housed at the San Diego Correctional Facility (SDCF) within the facility’s design capacity.
The agreement, submitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California for final approval, would settle a class action lawsuit filed by the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the law firm of Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. The lawsuit charged that chronically severe overcrowding at the facility was unconstitutional and placed detainees’ health and safety at risk.
“The constitutional guarantee of due process applies to all people in this country, not just U.S. citizens,” said Gouri Bhat, a senior counsel with the ACLU National Prison Project. “This agreement will ensure that both DHS and CCA abide by their constitutional obligations to provide safe and humane living conditions.”