Berks Family Detention Center’s License Revoked
Gabriel Vasquez (Former Staff)Children of Immigrants
Pennsylvania – On January 27th Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) issued notice that the licensing of the Berks County Family Detention Center (BCRC) would not be renewed and officially revoked, ending family detention in Pennsylvania.
The Shut Down Berks Coalition hails this action as a victory for the state and the country against the horrible abuse and rights violations immigrant families have been subjected to for far too long. The state license will be revoked as of February 21st of 2016 and in the meantime Berks County has the right to appeal. Many in the coalition wonder how Berks county, a county already in fiscal crisis, can find it in their budget to spend on a legal process given that nationally family detention has already been determined unconstitutional.
Nationally, many groups hailed the response as a step in the right direction as well and as a sign that family detention is finally ending …