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Jury Sides With ICE Detainees in Dollar-a-Day Prison Pay Dispute

Oct. 28, 2021, 6:58 PM

A federal jury in Tacoma, Wash., said private prison operator GEO Group LLC violated the state’s Minimum Wage Act by paying immigrants $1 a day for work performed while they were in detention.

The verdict was entered Wednesday following a 12-day trial in front of Judge Robert J. Bryan of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. GEO Group and the detainees initially went to trial on June 1, but the court declared a mistrial after 11 days of testimony.

The lawsuit challenged the legality of the Voluntary Work Program, which was developed by U.S. Immigration and ...