Thursday, August 06, 2009

ICE to Reform Immigrant Detention System

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, is planning to redesign its immigration detention system to improve medical care, custodial conditions, oversight, and other aspects of the immigration detention system. As stated in its press release, ICE is creating an Office of Detention Policy and Planning to implement these reforms. A fact sheet explains that ICE is introducing the reforms in order to change from its current "decentralized, jail-oriented approach to a system wholly designed for and based on ICE’s civil detention authorities."

This New York Times article also reports on the planned reforms. You can read more about past ICE detention practices in the "Detention Management" portion of ICE Annual Report Fiscal Year 2008 or in this 2008 operations manual on detention standards at ICE.

For additional resources, see our guide to immigration.

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