SOS, THEY ARE REPOPULATING YUBA! JOIN US IN OUR DEMAND:
Free everyone detained at Yuba County Jail and end the contract between Yuba County Jail and ICE!
ABOUT THE YUBA LIBERATION COALITION
The Yuba Liberation Coalition was previously the #FreeTheYuba11 Coalition. It began in April 2021 when 11 individuals were still detained at Yuba County Jail. On October 27, 2021, Ricardo, the last person detained by ICE at the facility was released!
However, as of December 27, 2021 the jail has been populated again as a detention facility.
Secretary Mayorkas’ failure to swiftly act and terminate the contract between ICE and YCJ is already resulting in more community members being detained at this notorious jail.
DECADES OF VIOLATIONS AT THE YUBA COUNTY JAIL -AN URGENT CALL TO END THEIR CONTRACT WITH ICE
Learn more about the background information on Yuba County, details about the contract between ICE and Yuba County Jail, and the depopulation efforts from legal service providers, organizers and the community in the brief below.
THEY ARE REPOPULATING YUBA, ACT NOW TO STOP THEM!
As of today there are 2 people detained by ICE at the Yuba County Jail. The first person to be detained by ICE at this facility after two months was brought in on December 27, 2021.
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PUBLIC DOCUMENTS OF INTEREST
12 REASONS TO END THE CONTRACT BETWEEN YCJ & ICE:
Yuba County is the last local government in California to agree to detain people for ICE, and this contract is set to be in effect “indefinitely”
During the holiday season, on December 27th, 2021, Yuba County Jail began its repopulation efforts and currently houses 3 individuals for ICE.
Yuba County receives $24,000 daily from the federal government for their contract with ICE, regardless of how many people are detained at Yuba County Jail.
It is well reported and documented that Yuba County Jail is guilty of a myriad of civil rights violations, and subjects individuals to inhumane living conditions. Carlos Sauceda, who endured 2 years of detention at Yuba County Jail, recounts his story here.
Since 1979, the Yuba County Jail has been under federal court oversight because conditions there were said to be so bad they violated the Constitution.
In response to the lack of PPE, medical care, and recently the lack of general protection from COVID-19, individuals detained at Yuba County Jail have gone on at least 6 hunger strikes over the span of 4 years.
Yuba County Jail's grossly inadequate response to the COVID-19 pandemic led to a major outbreak in December 2020 of 30% of the incarcerated population and 9 out of 20 of the individuals detained for ICE.
Yuba County Jail responded to the COVID-19 outbreak by using solitary confinement as quarantine, and forcing sick individuals to clean their own cells.
25 members of Congress support the call to terminate the contract between ICE and YCJ, including the Representative in whose district Yuba County Jail is located.
Yuba County jail has a record for retaliation against individuals detained for exercising their First Amendment Rights, leading to the ACLU and other organizations filing a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Right and Civil Liberties highlighting these abuses.
Individuals who were once detained for several months at Yuba County Jail while awaiting their immigration proceedings have now been released into their communities. They are a living testament to the possibility of a world without immigration detention!
Yuba County Jail and it’s horrible conditions are not unique - ending the contract between Yuba County Jail and ICE is part of a larger push to end inhumane immigration detention everywhere.