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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 law detainees in jails and jail-like facilities across the
country. The facilities are expected to cost American taxpayers more
than $2 billion in 2012. The report, “Jails and Jumpsuits: Transforming the U.S. Immigration Detention System – A Two-Year Review,”
notes that former prison officials and other corrections experts have
found that less penal conditions in detention can actually help improve
safety inside a facility, a finding echoed in multiple studies. It
outlines steps that the administration should take to end its reliance
on facilities with conditions that are inappropriate for asylum seekers
and other civil immigration law detainees, and to bring U.S. detention
practices into compliance with international human rights standards."
Human Rights First, Oct. 6, 2011.