Detainees Leaving ICE Detention from the
Catholic Social Services
Tacoma, Washington

Detainees Deported or Released
Number last 12 months 13
Out of total detained 18
Percent change:
from previous 12 months -28 %
from FY 2005 8 %
from FY 2000 -
Facility ranking on detainees top 95 %

Table 1: Number leaving ICE detention
from this facility

During the most recent 12 month period for which data are available, a total of 13 detainees housed at the Catholic Social Services 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. This is a special facility for housing juveniles.

Those individuals who departed from this facility because they were leaving ICE detention made up 72 percent of the 18 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 28 percent remained in ICE detention but were transferred from the Catholic Social Services 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 Catholic Social Services 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 Catholic Social Services 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 (15 percent) left the country from the Catholic Social Services 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 Catholic Social Services numbers were down by 28 percent. During the April 2006-March 2007 period the facility processed 18 "exits" as compared with 13 last year. As detailed in Table 1, numbers last year were however up 8 percent as compared with the number of those leaving ICE detention (12) during FY 2005.

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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 Catholic Social Services 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.

Fiscal Year ICE Detainees
Total Exits Percent
1999 0 0 -
2000 0 0 -
2001 0 0 -
2002 0 0 -
2003 5 5 100 %
2004 22 18 82 %
2005 13 12 92 %
2006 19 16 84 %
2007 16 10 63 %
2008 (est) 22 22 100 %

Table 2: Number of detainees leaving
this facility over the last decade

Exit trends are also summarized by fiscal year in Table 2. Year-by-year figures for the Catholic Social Services 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 Catholic Social Services was the first ICE facility in which these detainees were held. According to ICE records, for a substantial proportion (46 percent) of these detainees, the Catholic Social Services was the first place they were sent when they were detained by ICE. The remaining 54 percent had been transferred in from another ICE detention facility.

We can also look at how quickly they arrived at this facility after they were first detained. A total of 85 percent arrived at the Catholic Social Services at some point during the very first day they were detained by ICE. There was considerable variability among detainees in the number of detention facilities they had been held in before they were finally deported or released from this facility. The number of facilities ranged as high as 4 separate locations for some detainees. These figures again are based on an analysis of the most recent 12 months for which data are available.

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 Catholic Social Services on average had stayed at somewhat fewer (1.7) ICE facilities.

Reason Left ICE Facility Profile U.S Profile
Number Percent Percent
Orders of Recognizance or Supervision 11 85 % 5 %
Voluntary departure 2 15 % 10 %
Bonded out 0 . 8 %
Deported/Removed 0 . 72 %
Died 0 . 0 %
Escaped 0 . 0 %
Paroled 0 . 0 %
Proceedings Terminated 0 . 2 %
U.S. Marshal or Other Agency 0 . 3 %
Withdrawal 0 . 1 %
Total 13 100 % 100 %

Table 3: Reasons individuals left ICE detention during the last 12 months

Orders. The issuance of an order to release the detainee was the most common reason why individuals were recorded as leaving ICE detention from this facility. 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 were 11 (85 percent) who left the Catholic Social Services detention for these reasons: 11 with orders of recognizance, and none with an order of supervision.

Voluntary departure. Under some circumstances, detainees are allowed to take "voluntary departure." As with deportation, under voluntary departure a person must leave the country. However, unlike formal deportation where the individual is barred by law from reentering this country permanently or for a period of years, under voluntary departure the individual is not legally barred from reentry. An additional 2 detainees (15 percent) left the Catholic Social Services last year as voluntary departures.

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 Catholic Social Services as either escaping or dying last year. Over the past decade, 6 escapes were recorded from this facility, but no deaths.

As shown in Table 3, no one was recorded as leaving the Catholic Social Services during the past 12 months for the following reasons: Bonded out, Deported/Removed, Paroled, Proceedings Terminated, U.S. Marshal or other agency and Withdrawal. See "Reasons for Leaving ICE Detention" for a description of these categories.

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Figure 2: Reasons individuals left ICE detention

Comparing Release Reasons Against The National Picture

In many respects release reasons for the Catholic Social Services 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. A higher proportion (15 percent) left this facility as voluntary departures than was true nationally (10 percent).

In addition, differences were seen for detainees released on orders of recognizance or supervision (85 versus 5 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 Catholic Social Services had a much smaller proportion of detainees from Mexico - 23 percent among their exits. Detainees from Mexico were also the largest single nationality group among those leaving detention from the facility.

Nationalities Ranked in Top 10 Left ICE Detention
Total Deported/
- ALL 13 2 15.3 %
1 Mexico 3 2 66.6 %
Zimbabwe 3 0 0.0 %
3 Honduras 2 0 0.0 %
Korea 2 0 0.0 %
5 El Salvador 1 0 0.0 %
Guatemala 1 0 0.0 %
Peru 1 0 0.0 %

Table 4: Numbers leaving ICE detention by nationality
during the last 12 months

In descending order, the other top nationalities after Mexico that made up those leaving ICE detention from the Catholic Social Services last year were: Zimbabwe (23%), Honduras (15%), Korea (15%), El Salvador (8%), Guatemala (8%) and Peru (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%).

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Figure 3: Nationality of those
leaving ICE detention

Deportations and voluntary departures by nationality. Within the nationalities that made up those listed in Table 4 with more than one individual, the proportion deported or voluntarily departing varied from 0 percent to 67 percent. As mentioned above, this compares with 15 percent for all detainees.

With the highest rate of 67 percent were detainees from Mexico where 3 individuals were deported or took voluntary departure. More than one country was tied with the lowest rate, where detainees were deported or took voluntary departure.

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