Thu., November 17, 2011 3:37pm (EST)

Activists Protest Detention Center
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

LUMPKIN, Ga.  —  
On Friday a coalition of immigrants and civil rights advocates will be in South Georgia. They’re asking the federal government to shut down the country’s largest immigrant detention center.

Stewart Federal Detention Center in Lumpkin holds 2,000 immigrants. Human rights advocates say the facility repeatedly violates government detention standards.

Azadeh Shashahani with the Georgia American Civil Liberties Union says the facility's remote location also makes it difficult for families and attorneys to visit.

“This facility is definitely very remote and it doesn’t fit into the detention model that the administration seems to be pushing forward.”

Recently the White House announced it would focus deportation efforts on violent criminals. Despite that, Stewart holds many non-violent offenders.