Jails No Place for U.S. Immigration Detainees, Report Says

"A report issued today by Human Rights First reveals that despite a 2009 commitment made two years ago today to overhaul the immigration detention system, the United States continues to hold the overwhelming majority of its nearly 400,000 detained asylum seekers and other civil immigration...

ICE paints bleak picture of detention system

"More than 1,000 pages of internal reports from ICE's Office of Detention Oversight, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, paint an often bleak picture of the inside of the nation's immigration detention system, with detainees in some facilities lacking access to quality...

Report calls for reform of flawed immigrant detention system

Links to the report , the press release , and an Associated Press article . "The report, Not Too Late for Reform , authored by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR), demonstrates that the Obama administration...

Report Takes Hard Look at Immigration Detention

"The immigrants being held in Essex County and facing deportation tell of being locked down in rooms while being denied medical help, of not getting "a mere" 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day in nutrition, of trying to sleep fully clothed in freezing spaces, of fellow detainees "who...

Politicized Neglect: A Report from Etowah County Detention Center

"This report details findings from an assessment of the Etowah County Detention Center in Alabama, which houses both criminal inmates and immigrant detainees. The Women's Refugee Commission found that, disturbingly, the conditions of confinement at Etowah do not meet ICE's OWN detention...

Prisoners of Profit: ACLU Challenges Georgia's Immigration Jails

"The report, “ Prisoners of Profit ,” was based on documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, as well as tours and interviews at Georgia's four federal immigration facilities. Three of those facilities, including the 1,750-bed Stewart Detention Center, are...

U.S. Immigration Detention System Falls Far Short of Human Rights Standards, Should be Reformed

"On June 21, 2012 the newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Francoise Crépeau will present his first report to the Human Rights Council. The report focuses on the detention of migrants and alternatives to detention – areas of escalating concern globally...

New Report: Reform Alternatives to Immigrant Detention

" As the nation celebrates its independence, a new report serves as a chilling reminder of the unnecessary restrictions placed on the liberty of thousands of immigrants each day. Freed but not Free: A Report Examining the Current Use of Alternatives to Immigration Detention is the first report focused...

New Report Exposes Inhumane Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention System

"Immigrants in detention facilities around the United States are often subjected to punitive and long-term solitary confinement and denied meaningful avenues of appeal, according to an investigation by PHR and Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) . Investigators with...

Report: Detention Reforms Needed

"A new report calls for changes in the nation’s growing immigration detention system, where Texas provides more than a quarter of beds for those charged with violating civil immigration laws. Detention Watch Network , a coalition of advocacy groups, said changes didn’t go far enough...

10 Immigration Jails Called Worst in U.S.

"A series of reports released on Thursday call for the closure of 10 jails and prisons holding immigrants across the country, charging substandard medical care, lack of due process and geographic remoteness of facilities, which make it hard for detainees to reach family and lawyers." - ABC...

Report: U.S. Held Immigrant Children in Adult Facilities

" The U.S. government detained 1,366 immigrant children for at least three days in adult detention facilities between 2008 and 2012, according to data obtained by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). Nearly 1,000 children were held longer than a week in jails and...

Report: Tortured and Detained

"Detention is a daunting experience for anyone but particularly egregious for survivors of torture. For survivors, given the long-term impacts of torture and trauma, the fact of being detained at all is often retraumatizing. Further, particular elements inherent in the detention experience —...

DHS OIG Examines Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today issued the first of a series of reports on conditions at detention centers being used to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children. The report is based on 87 unannounced site visits conducted by OIG agents...

GAO on Immigration Detention: Oversight of Facility Costs and Standards

"What GAO Found Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses two different methods to collect and assess data on detention costs; however, these methods do not provide ICE with complete data for managing detention costs across facilities...

For-Profit Family Detention: Meet the Private Prison Corporations Making Millions by Locking Up Refugee Families

"In this joint report by Grassroots Leadership and Justice Strategies , we review the history of charges of sexual abuse and neglect of children, indifference to medical needs, inadequate and unsanitary food, and brutal treatment by staff, levied in lawsuits, government investigations, and allegations...