To: Mayor Strickland & Tacoma City Council

Ban Expansion of the Northwest Detention Center!

Ban Expansion of the Northwest Detention Center!

We call on the City of Tacoma to take responsibility for ensuring the public health and safety crisis that the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) poses -- before the Emergency Ordinance barring expansion expires on September 9, 2017. The current proposed plan would allow for an additional 10% expansion of the facility, but City Council is not scheduled to decide on this until AFTER the Emergency Ordinance expires.

Specifically, Tacoma City Council should: modify Tacoma Municipal Code to ensuring that residential facilities (including immigrant detention centers and juvenile detention centers) should only be located in areas zoned residential; renew the emergency ordinance to prevent expansion; and revoke GEO’s business license.

Why is this important?

The recent hunger strikes by people detained at the NWDC have brought renewed attention to the deplorable conditions at the GEO-owned facility. The detention center affects not only more than 1,505 people who can be held any given day, but also their children, families, and neighbors who form the backbone of our communities.

You can read the full letter at:

How it will be delivered

We will deliver the petition by hand to the Mayor's office in Tacoma on September 1, 2017.

Tacoma, WA, United States

Reasons for signing

  • If they can't properly care for these folks now, why isn't the money for put to better use for them. These are human beings and should not be treated worse than animals.
  • My Husband is in the NWDC and conditions are awful and treatment is horrendous and it needs to STOP! Please sign and be the voice for our loved ones being held in this horrific place!!!!!!
  • I signed as I am a recently deported person from USA. Held in the Contra Costa county Richmond ICE detention center. The facts contained in this letter were also happening in Richmond. I felt strongly about pre-prescribed medicines being denied to women and the effects it caused putting women in unnecessary stress. Also having no resources whatsoever to communicate with family members or professionals. It's scary. A more humane way of deportation Must be recognized.


2017-06-24 22:09:05 -0400

100 signatures reached

2017-06-24 12:46:38 -0400

50 signatures reached

2017-06-24 00:34:38 -0400

25 firmas alcanzadas

2017-06-23 10:45:04 -0400

10 signatures reached