Immigrants wait in a processing cell at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. The center, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention facility in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide. Photo: Getty Images/John Moore
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 4:05 PM EST

Today, three young women locked themselves to the gates outside of the Adelanto Detention facility in California. It is the largest (1,200 beds) and newest facility in California, and was recently scrutinized in a report from the Detention Watch Network, which exposed extensive use of solitary confinement as punishment, and inadequate mental health services. The facility was also highlighted by photojournalist John Moore in a New York Times article published today, accompanied by a series of compelling photographs.

According to the NDLON, the young women--who are locked to the gates using bike locks--are acting on behalf of three fathers currently being detained at Adelanto, and to "protest unjust deportations and the inhumane treatment of inmates inside." They were joined at the facility by other immigration reform advocates. Just before 4:00pm, the three young women appear to have been taken into custody.