DENVER (CBS4)– A crowd gathered on Monday for a rally in support of two companies operating halfway houses in Denver. The Denver City Council recently cut funding to both Core-Civic and GEO Group.
Council members said they cut the funding because they didn’t want to employ a company that profits off what they call “inhumanely detaining immigrants.”READ MORE: Park Hill Residents File Lawsuit Against Safe Outdoor Space For Homeless In Church Parking Lot
“We do not house unaccompanied minors, we do not manage any border patrol facilities, we do not manage any overcrowded facilities, and we do not pass or advocate for or against immigration laws,” said GEO Care Director of Community Outreach Emanuel Barr.READ MORE: Busy Friday Night In Downtown Denver Could Signal Trend Toward Post-Pandemic Life
GEO Group operates the immigration detention facility in Aurora.MORE NEWS: Colorado's Comeback: Moviegoers Return To Regal Theatres Amid COVID Safety Protocols
The company says hundreds of convicts will end up back behind bars instead of benefiting from rehabilitation before being released.