IMMIGRATION DETENTION STANDARDS

IMMIGRATION DETENTION STANDARDS: Experts discussed the current immigration detention system, alternatives to detention, and proposals for reform Feb. 1 at a briefing for congressional staff sponsored by the ABA. The United States currently detains more than 400,000 noncitizen men and women each year at a cost of $2 billion, and the detainees are held in approximately 160 facilities in 42 states. The facilities include many state and local jails and prisons. The panel also addressed the new ABA Civil Immigration Detention Standards, which were developed to provide a guide for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) transition to a civil detention system. Karen T. Grisez (left), a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration Advisory Committee, moderated the panel, which included (from left): Dora B. Schriro, commissioner, New York City Department of Correction, and former special advisor on detention and removal to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano; Julie Myers Wood, president, Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions, Guidepost Solutions LLP, and former assistant secretary (director), DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Donald M. Kerwin Jr., executive director, Center for Migration Studies, and acting executive director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

 

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