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Topics in Criminal Justice: Guantánamo Bay

Late last month, President Obama shared a proposed plan to shut down the Guantánamo Bay detention center. Obama began discussing closing the detention facility located in Cuba in 2008. The detention center also known as "Gitmo" currently houses 91 detainees, 10 of which have been charged or convicted by military commissions. Obama's proposed plan suggests transferring an approved 36 detainees to other countries, while the remaining 55 detainees are either considered too dangerous to be released or will be held indefinitely without trial until deemed eligible for release.

In Obama's address, he lists the facility's use as a propaganda and recruitment tool for terrorist groups such as ISIS, its drain on military resources, and its negative effects on relationships with the United States' allies as the main reasons for closing Gitmo. Obama also stated that keeping the detention center open is "contrary to our values," as it "undermines" the United States' image.

The proposed closure of Guantánamo Bay and the possibility of moving detainees to a new facility within the U.S.'s borders is one of many issues likely to be discussed in the coming months as President Obama hopes to see it closed before the new President comes to office in January 2017. For a history of the dialogue surrounding Gitmo and the U.S.'s treatment of its detainees over the years, as well as current articles on the proposed plan and closure, refer to the variety of sources we have available on the subject below.


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Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
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