Watch via @IRWorkshop: Solitary in Immigration Detention
U.S. immigration officials announced a new directive last week that adds oversight and limitations to the use of solitary confinement for immigrants held in detention for administrative purposes.
The move comes six months after The Investigative Reporting Workshop published an investigation with The New York Times revealing that more than 300 individuals end up in isolation on any given day at immigration detention facilities. That data was based on an internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) survey of the top 50 immigration detention facilities. A subsequent review found that approximately 400 individuals are segregated from the general population across the entire ICE detention system.