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New @NIJC Policy Brief: ICE’s Detention Reforms Need More Alternatives, Fewer Jails

December 15, 2010

via Tara Tidwell Cullen, National Immigrant Justice Center:

The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not meet its deadline in 2010 to create a national alternatives-to-detention (ATD) plan that would help make the U.S. immigration system more humane and cost-effective. Instead, the agency detained record numbers of people in fiscal year 2010 and is making plans to build new detention centers. ICE must realign its priorities to fulfill its commitment to implement a nationwide ATD program. The National Immigrant Justice Center’s December 2010 Defending Human Rights & Due Process policy brief provides recommendations for ATD expansion and highlights potential models.

This policy brief includes:

  • A brief “round up” of arguments and resources about the economic benefits of expanding Alternatives to Detention
  • An at-a-glance overview of the release and Alternatives to Detention programs ICE currently uses
  • Recommendations for how ICE can build a more effective national ATD program, including examples of programs that have worked in other countries and could serve as potential models.

Please find NIJC’s December 2010 Defending Human Rights & Due Process policy brief on NIJC’s website.

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