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Detention facility loses

LOS ANGELES -- The immigration detention facility in San Pedro, one of several nationwide to come under scrutiny from immigrant and civil rights groups, has lost its accreditation. The center houses several hundred illegal immigrants who have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and are facing deportation. The facility lost accreditation in August after failing to comply with mandatory standards, an official with the Alexandria, Va.-based American Correctional Association said on the condition of anonymity. The official declined to release the inspection report or elaborate on why the facility failed the renewal inspection, done every three years. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said it was not related to detainee care, an issue that has drawn criticism and lawsuits, but was a "maintenance issue." Kice said the problem was corrected and that the agency plans to apply for reaccreditation early next year.

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