Washington House aims to close Northwest immigration jail

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington House of Representatives has voted to ban for-profit, private detention facilities in the state, in a move aimed at shutting down the Northwest immigration detention center in Tacoma. The immigration lockup is operated by the GEO Group under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The measure, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, passed 76-21 and now advances to the state Senate. It would allow GEO to continue operating the jail until its contract with ICE expires in 2025. Ortiz-Self cited reports of substandard food and medical care in private prisons. The company has said it provides for the safety of detainees in accordance with federal standards.