Efrain De La Rosa hanged himself in his cell last year in ICE’s Georgia Detention Center. Andrew Free, an attorney representing De La Rosa’s family, said the federal standards for regularly monitoring such detainees are in place “to prevent tragedies like this from happening. It is important. It is not optional, and CoreCivic’s employees have treated it like it is optional.”
He was the second to hang himself in his cell at Stewart. In 2017, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the staff at Stewart did not check on Jean Jimenez-Joseph, 27, as mandated before the Panamanian was found hanging from a sheet.
His brother said: “I had in my mind that there was a possibility they hadn’t been monitoring him. Two hours is a long time, and to know the reality of everything that he faced during that time is so hard.”