San Pedro immigration detention facility loses accreditation

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LOS ANGELES (AP)- The immigration detention facility in San
Pedro, one of several nationwide to come under scrutiny from
immigrant and civil rights groups, has lost its accreditation.
The center houses several hundred illegal immigrants who have
been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and are
facing deportation.
The facility lost accreditation in August after failing to
comply with mandatory standards an official with the Alexandria,
Va.-based American Correctional Association told The Associated
Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he
was not authorized to make public comments.
Citing agency policy, the official declined to release the
inspection report or elaborate on why the facility failed the
renewal inspection, done every three years.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice
confirmed the lost accreditation, but says it was not related to
detainee care - an issue that's drawn criticism and lawsuits.

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