14/09/2009

ICE: Is It Capable of Meeting Immigration Detention Mandates

The ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) announced in August plans are afoot to overhaul its detention system and reduce its dependence on local jails and private prisons.

 

A new report, Immigrant Detention: Can ICE Meet its Legal Imperatives and Case Management Responsibilities analyzed select statistics and found the adequacy of ICE's database and case tracking system inadequate. 

"ICE may well need more information on detainees than it currently collects, particularly data that can inform and guide its legal and operational decisions related to custody reviews, eligibility for release or parole, placement in alternative-to-detention programs or even claims to US citizenship," said MPI Vice President for Programs Donald Kerwin, a co-author of the report. "This report provides a roadmap for meeting the data needs essential for the new ICE detention initiative to succeed as it attempts to move from a criminal incarceration model to a civil detention system."