An inspector general report released this week reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does an unsatisfactory job of inspecting its facilities and correcting poor practices, according to a report by The Hill on Saturday.
The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said in the report that most ICE detention centers do not comply with agency standards, and cited a lack of follow-up on problems identified during examinations at its roughly 200 facilities.
The Hill reports that the department watch-dog was also critical of the Nakamoto Group, a company that is contracted to perform inspections at about 100 facilities each year. The IG report called the company’s inspection process “too broad,” and “not always thorough.”
In some cases, Nakamoto inspectors spoke only English when interviewing detainees who did not speak English, according to The Hill.
“In some instances, Nakamoto’s reports misrepresented the level of assurance or the work performed in evaluating the actual conditions of the facility and the information in the reports was inconsistent with what we observed during inspections,” the inspector general said.
The inspector general issued five recommendations in the report for improving ICE detention facilities, according to The Hill.
It called for revising the scope of inspections, reinstating a quality assurance program, developing a specific plan for facilities with numerous problems, updating procedures and implementing plans to verify and correct recurring issues.
In response to the report, The Hill reported, ICE agreed with the recommendations and to implement each one.