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DHS Report Discovers Below Standard Conditions in ICE Detention Facilities

A report released on December 14, 2017 by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General revealed findings that numerous Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities for undocumented immigration undergoing deportation proceedings were in states of disrepair and that detainees were not being treated well. The report was brought about by surprise inspections by the Inspector General at the Stewart Detention Center, Georgia; Santa Ana City Jail, California; Hudson County Jail, New Jersey; Otero County Processing Center, New Mexico; and Laredo Processing Center, Texas. The report concluded that detainees were receiving delayed medical care, misuse of solitary confinement, verbal abuse of detainees by officials, and dilapidated facility conditions such as mold and peeling paint on walls, floors, and showers, lack of water, and water leaks.

The Inspector General recommended that ICE review and follow its own detention standards and provide processes for further development of facility conditions, detainee care and classification, language services, segregation and disciplinary actions, and grievance procedures.

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