Rural communities need not be dependent on immigration detention for economic activity, but rather can build thriving, inclusive, and resilient communities. This report is a resource for rural communities and lawmakers who wish to understand the true impact of immigration detention, a harmful practice that is neither historically inevitable nor legally necessary. While prison proponents frequently claim that prisons strengthen rural economies, empirical research on the community and economic impacts of prisons in rural areas has debunked that myth. This report offers recommendations to rural communities and lawmakers to help them move beyond immigration prisons and toward thriving, people-driven communities.
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