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EM Company Employees Accused of Taking Bribes to Let People Off Monitors

The Miami Herald yesterday broke a story about three former employees of BI, the country’s biggest EM company and wholly-owned by private prison company the GEO Group. The former employees are charged with taking bribes from immigrants to let them off their electronic monitors or “grilletes” (shackles) as most Spanish speakers call them. The individuals involved were part of an ICE program called ISAP-Intensive Supervision Appearance Program, which has brought hundreds of millions into BI’s coffers since it began in 2005.

This follows on the story about Libre by Nexus, earlier in this blog, where Libre was paying the bond to get people released from immigration detention prisons while they were waiting for their case to be resolved. In return the individuals released were put on monitors and charged $14 a day for EM. Immigration cases often take months, even years to resolve.

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James Kilgore

James Kilgore is an activist , writer and educator based in Urbana, Illinois. He is a Soros Justice Fellow for 2017-18. His project, Challenging E-Carceration, focuses on electronic monitoring in the criminal legal system.