Detainees Leaving ICE Detention from the
Lewis & Clark County Jail
Helena, Montana

Detainees Deported or Released
Number last 12 months 8
Out of total detained 27
Earlier years:
previous 12 months 10
FY 2005 8
FY 2000 3

Table 1: Number leaving ICE detention
from this facility

During the most recent 12 month period for which data are available, 8 detainees house at the Lewis & Clark County Jail left that facility because they were deported, were released under supervision while their cases was 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.

This report focuses on just those individuals who actually left ICE detention. Sometimes this report speaks of these individuals as those "exiting" ICE detention, or simply as "exits." This does not include individuals who were transferred to a different ICE detention facility. 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.

Trends in the Number of Detainees Leaving ICE Detention

Greater detail on these long-term trends for those leaving ICE detention from the Lewis & Clark County Jail 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.

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Figure 1: Month-by-month number of detainees leaving this facility

Exit trends are also summarized by fiscal year in Table 2. Year-by-year figures for the Lewis & Clark County Jail 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.

Fiscal Year ICE Detainees
Total Exits Percent
1999 34 11 32 %
2000 13 3 23 %
2001 8 2 25 %
2002 11 4 36 %
2003 27 7 26 %
2004 43 10 23 %
2005 22 8 36 %
2006 54 8 15 %
2007 48 9 19 %
2008 (est) 28 14 50 %

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

Exit Details for the Last Twelve Months

Information on each of the individuals who left ICE detention from the Lewis & Clark County Jail during the last 12 months is provided in the following table. The reason the individual left detention is shown. For a description of each of these categories, see "Reasons for Leaving ICE Detention."

Book In Date Release Date Nationality Gender Reason Left DHS Detention DCO
07/19/2007 07/20/2007 Mexico M U.S. Marshal or other agency Helena, MT
04/02/2007 04/03/2007 Mexico M U.S. Marshal or other agency Helena, MT
08/28/2007 08/29/2007 Germany M Deported/Removed Helena, MT
03/07/2008 03/10/2008 South Africa M Deported/Removed Helena, MT
12/11/2007 12/13/2007 Colombia M Deported/Removed Helena, MT
09/28/2007 10/01/2007 India M Deported/Removed Helena, MT
12/18/2007 12/19/2007 Brazil M Deported/Removed Helena, MT
01/18/2008 01/22/2008 Germany M Deported/Removed Helena, MT

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