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Part 3 — Secret courts

Courts inside prisons, far from public view

Frightened, confused, and often held far from home, thousands of immigrants find themselves at the mercy of a legal system that, for many, amounts to an assembly line toward deportation

LUMPKIN, Ga. — Wait beneath a canopy of razor wire for a security guard to buzz open the first towering gate. Then, the second. Walk through the chain-link fence onto a concrete path, toward the tiny sign that says “courtroom.” To the left is a door marked “public access.”

The door is locked.

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