ICE denied there was a hunger strike at Stewart, which is operated by Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America.
“On June 9, a detainee incited a disturbance in one of the facility’s housing pods, charging poor quality of food,” ICE said.
“A group of ICE officials and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) managers went to the affected pod and talked to the detainees about their concerns. Despite significant attempts to diffuse the issue, 27 detainees in one pod had to be restrained and then segregated for disciplinary purposes.”
ICE said the food at the Stewart meets federal standards and is monitored by a registered dietitian. A health inspector looked into an anonymous tip about maggots in the food at Stewart but didn’t find any, the federal agency said.
State health inspectors gave Stewart’s dining facility a 96 percent score following an April inspection, ICE said. ICE added the government provides “excellent medical care through the dedicated service of more than 60 professionals assigned to the facility, including a full-time physician.”
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