There is institutional cruelty ongoing in Tacoma, and we’d better be aware of it.
The Northwest Detention Center on East J Street houses 1,500 detainees, most of whom have done nothing wrong in their lives except to lack documentation. Different groups of people have been at the prison on weekends for the last five or more years to show compassion for the loved ones who visit their detainees.
The stories from the visitors are full of financial and emotional rupture. The situation with detainees’ children is heartbreaking: If there isn’t a relative to care for the children, they are placed …