A lawsuit filed on behalf of The Guardian has revealed that more than 7,000 people have been secretly detained and held by police without due process in a secret warehouse-cum-blacksite in Chicago called Homan Square.
According to data obtained by The Guardian, police only provided arrestees minimal contact with attorneys during their interrogation stage. In fact, lawyers were only allowed access to around 0.94% of the 7,185 arrests logged in Homan Square over the span of nearly 11 years.
Most of those held were black, and most were detained under the guise of enforcing the “War on Drugs.” After being held against their will, and not knowing if they were going to make it out alive, more than 5,000 of those detained were charged with drug possession only.
No contemporaneous public record of someone’s presence in Homan Square is known to exist. Once you are taken in, shackled for days without access to anyone — not even your lawyer — you’ve effectively disappeared. With this kind of injustice just bubbling beneath the surface of modern America, a nagging question remains — how many more Homan Squares are there?