Time Sensitive Request: Report on Detention Conditions by 4/2/10
via Jacki Esposito:
ICE has informed members of the NGO/ICE Working Group that the latest version of the performance based detention standards known as the “2010 PBNDS” (incorporating the 2008 PBNDS) will not come into force for IGSAs for up to 36 months, which means that IGSAs will continue to be inspected against penal standards.
ICE’s current position is that the National Detention Standards “NDS” will remain in force for IGSAs until ICE can re-negotiate each specific IGSA contract to implement the PBNDS 2010.
According to ICE, their hope is that many IGSAs have have already taken steps to come into compliance with the 2008 PBNDS. In response, NGOs have communicated to ICE that reports from the field indicate that many IGSAs are not in compliance with the performance based standards.
ICE has asked that NGOs provide to them complaints that we are seeing around the country specifically on issues that demonstrate that IGSA facilities are not currently meeting the baseline requirements of the 2008 PBNDS.
In order to respond to ICEs request for complaints data, we would like to provide examples of violations of detention standards to present a national overview of some of the more egregious violations for the snapshot period of January 1, 2010 to March 2010.
In order to get information about facilities around the country, please use the attached chart to note recent detention complaints.
Also attached are the American Bar Association’s summaries of the NDS and PBNDS, if you would like a quick reference on the standards. The complete NDS can be found on-line at http://www.ice.gov/pi/dro/opsmanual/index.htm. The 2008 PBNDS can be found on-line at http://www.ice.gov/partners/dro/PBNDS/index.htm.
PLEASE FORWARD THE INFORMATION TO HELEN HARNETT AT HHARNETT@HEARTLANDALLIANCE.ORG BY FRIDAY APRIL 2ND. NIJC will collate everyone’s submissions.