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OC reporter offers peek into the world of immigration detainees

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An Orange County Sheriff's deputy keeps a watch over a group of immigration detainees in the medical and dental care area at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. Hundreds of detained immigrants are being transferred to Orange County jails, and more are on the way, under a deal with the federal government that would bring the cash-strapped Orange County Sheriff's Department up to $30 million a year, a newspaper reported Sunday. Jae C. Hong/AP

Throughout the country, about 32,000 immigrant detainees are living behind bars, with no legal right to a visit from family or friends. Most of them have no legal representation at all. 

1,000 of these detainees are jailed in a detention facility in Orange County, which has been named one of the ten worst facilities in the nation by one advocacy group. We'll speak with reporter Rex Dalton, who's been writing about this facility for the site Voice of Orange County.  

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