Detainees Leaving ICE Detention from the
Blount County Justice Center
Table 1: Number leaving ICE detention
|top 95 %
from this facility
During the most recent 12 month period for which data are available, a total of 13 detainees housed
at the Blount County Justice Center left that facility because they were deported, were released under
supervision while their cases were being decided, or left ICE detention for one of a variety of other reasons.
The use of this facility for the temporary housing of federal immigration detainees was arranged
through an intergovernmental service agreement (IGSA) under which payments by ICE to another governmental
agency are made for housing federal detainees.
Additional information about the arrangement, including whether a private company may operate the
facility for the government, was not available at the time this report was posted.
Those individuals who departed from this facility because they were leaving ICE detention made up 3 percent of
the 377 detainees housed at this facility during the last 12 months.
This report focuses on the reasons these individuals left ICE detention.
Sometimes this report speaks of these individuals as those "exiting" ICE detention, or simply as "exits."
The other 97 percent remained in ICE detention but were transferred from the Blount County Justice Center to other facilities.
This report covers those who left ICE custody.
It excludes individuals transferred to other ICE facilities.
For more information on this facility, including individuals that were transferred, see additional TRAC reports in this series.
This report series is based upon analyses conducted by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)
at Syracuse University of 3.4 million government records tracking each individual who passed through an
ICE detention facility during the past decade.
The most recent 12 month period for which comprehensive data are available is for April 2007 through
March 2008. See About the Data.
How This Facility Ranks Nationally
Rankings on the number leaving ICE detention. The Blount County Justice Center was one of 1,528 facilities that were used to
house immigration detainees during the last decade, and one of 654 facilities
nationwide that housed ICE detainees during the most recent 12 month period. Of
these 654, there were 324 facilities that had at least 10 individuals who were deported or released.
Excluding those facilities with fewer than 10 exits, the
Blount County Justice Center last year ranked in the top 95 percent nationwide in
the number of individuals leaving ICE detention.
This means that 95 percent of the locations contributed the same or a
larger numbers of exits, while 5
percent had a smaller number. See Table 1.
Deportations. Nationally, the most common reason that a detainee left ICE detention was that they were deported from the United States.
During the most recent 12 month period for which comprehensive data are available, nationwide 81 percent
of those leaving ICE detention were deported or "voluntarily" departed.
By way of comparison, a lower percentage of detainees (0 percent) left the country from the Blount County Justice Center because
they were formally deported, or left under the so-called "voluntary departure" procedure.
Trends in the Number of Detainees Deported or Released
Trends in the number leaving ICE detention. When deportations and other releases during the
April 2007-March 2008 period were compared with those in the previous 12 months, the Blount County Justice Center numbers
were sharply down by 54 percent.
During the April 2006-March 2007 period the facility processed 28 "exits" as compared with 13 last year.
As detailed in Table 1, numbers last year were also down 66 percent as compared with the number of those leaving
ICE detention (38) during FY 2005.
Exits last year were also down by 79 percent as compared with the number of exits (61) during FY 2000.
Figure 1: Month-by-month number of detainees leaving this facility
Longer term exit trends. Greater detail on these long-term trends for those leaving
ICE detention from the Blount County Justice Center are displayed in Figure 1.
Here the month-by-month number of exits are graphed against the backdrop of the total detainees
leaving the custody of this facility.
Exits are displayed with darker shading while those transferred appear with lighter shading.
As is readily apparent, considerable variation has occurred over time in both the overall numbers of
detainees as well as the volume leaving ICE detention during this period.
Table 2: Number of detainees leaving
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|| 24 %
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|| 5 %
|| 3 %
this facility over the last decade
Exit trends are also summarized by fiscal year in Table 2.
Year-by-year figures for the Blount County Justice Center are given for the total number of detainees as
compared with those leaving ICE detention from the facility.
The percent of detainees that left ICE detention is also given.
(As mentioned above, the remaining detainees were transferred to another ICE detention facility.)
Because data for all twelve months of the most recent fiscal year are not yet available, the
FY 2008 numbers (October 2007 through September 2008) are estimated based upon reporting for the first six months.
Were Detained Individuals from the Local Area?
Information on the place of arrest was not included in the available data ICE released.
However, we can examine whether the Blount County Justice Center was the first ICE facility in which
these detainees were held.
According to ICE records, for all these detainees, the Blount County Justice Center
was the first place they were sent when they were detained by ICE.
For the United States as a whole, last year the typical detainee stayed in two
different ICE detention facilities before being deported or released - half stayed
in 2 or fewer facilities, and half stayed in 2 or more.
The average number of ICE facilities detainees moved through was 1.9.
Detainees at the Blount County Justice Center on average had stayed at somewhat fewer (1.0) ICE facilities.
Table 3: Reasons individuals left ICE detention during the last 12 months
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|| 3 %
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|| 72 %
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Transferred to criminal custody.
The most common reason a person left ICE detention from this facility was that they were transferred
to criminal custody.
A total of 12 individuals (92 percent) left this facility
last year because they were turned over to U.S. Marshals or to some other government agency.
This typically occurs because there is an outstanding criminal case against the individual, or the
individual is needed as a material witness in a criminal case.
Orders are additional mechanisms that are sometimes used to release a person while their case is pending, or awaiting removal.
Under an "order of recognizance" an individual is released with reporting conditions while in deportation proceedings and
awaiting a final decision.
A second type of order ("order of supervision") releases an individual after a final order of removal.
Here an individual is released because ICE has not met the time limits the law imposes for deporting the individual.
There was one detainee who left the Blount County Justice Center detention for these reasons: one with an order
of recognizance, and none with an order of supervision.
Escape and death. Nationally, there were 92 individuals who escaped ICE detention during the latest 12 month period for
which data are available, and 8 individuals were recorded as having died in detention.
No one was recorded by the Blount County Justice Center as either escaping or dying last year.
Over the past decade, there was also no record of anyone who died or escaped from this facility.
As shown in Table 3, no one was recorded as leaving the Blount County Justice Center during the past 12 months for the following
Bonded out, Deported/Removed, Paroled, Proceedings Terminated, Voluntary departure and Withdrawal. See "Reasons for Leaving ICE Detention" for a description of these categories.
Comparing Release Reasons Against The National Picture
In many respects release reasons for the Blount County Justice Center departed from the national picture.
No one left because they were deported from this facility, while for the U.S.
as a whole 72 percent left for this reason.
No one left as a voluntary departure from this facility, while this was true
for 10 percent of all individuals nationally.
In addition, differences were seen for those released to the U.S. Marshal or other agency (92
versus 3 percent), and individuals released on bond (none versus 8 percent).
The facility's percentages fell within 3 percentage points of the national figures for all other categories.
Which nationalities predominate? Last year in the United States, individuals from Mexico comprised the largest number
of those leaving ICE detention. Some 53.6 percent of all detainees recorded Mexico as their country of origin.
The Blount County Justice Center had a much larger proportion of detainees from Mexico - 85 percent among their exits.
Detainees from Mexico were also the largest single nationality group among those leaving detention from the facility.
Table 4: Numbers leaving ICE detention by nationality
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during the last 12 months
In descending order,
the other top nationalities after Mexico that made up those leaving ICE detention
from the Blount County Justice Center last year were:
Honduras (8%) and Nicaragua (8%).
This compared to the United States as a whole where the other top five nationalities after
Mexico were Honduras (11.0%), Guatemala (10.0%), El Salvador (8.4%) and Dominican Republic (1.6%).
Figure 3: Nationality of those
leaving ICE detention