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Immigrants await processing at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Adelanto, California. By filing a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, NPR obtained a trove of inspection reports detailing serious problems at this ICE facility and others across the United States. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Government's own experts found 'barbaric' and 'negligent' conditions in ICE detention

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The Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Processing Center in Adelanto, Calif., is operated by GEO Group, Inc., a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections. The facility is one of 39 recommended by the ACLU for closure. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Dawn Wooten (left), who filed the whistleblower complaint about conditions at the Irwin County Detention Center, participates in a news conference Tuesday in Atlanta. Jeff Amy/AP hide caption

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The Justice Department, led by Attorney General William Barr, said Friday that it is formally amending regulations and pushing forward with a plan to collect DNA from immigration detainees. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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A guard walks with a detainee in the intake area at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in 2019. A previously confidential report obtained by NPR found "negligent" medical care and other problems at the facility. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Despite Findings Of 'Negligent' Care, ICE To Expand Troubled Calif. Detention Center

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More than half of immigrants detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are housed in remote rural prisons, according to a new NPR analysis, about 52%. That number is increasing. Gary Waters/Ikon/Getty Images hide caption

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Unequal Outcomes: Most ICE Detainees Held In Rural Areas Where Deportation Risks Soar

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A razor wire fence surrounds the Adelanto immigration detention center, in Adelanto, Calif., April 13, 2017. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters hide caption

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'No Meaningful Oversight': ICE Contractor Overlooked Problems At Detention Centers

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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center in Adelanto, Calif., is one of the detention facilities operated by GEO Group Inc. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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A guard escorts a detained immigrant from his "segregation cell" back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility in November 2013. Today the privately run ICE facility in Adelanto, Calif., houses nearly 2,000 men and women and has come under sharp criticism by the California attorney general and other investigators for health and safety problems. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Watchdogs Cite Lax Medical And Mental Health Treatment Of ICE Detainees

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