Detainees Leaving ICE Detention from the
Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility
Charleston, West Virginia

Detainees Deported or Released
Number last 12 months 26
Out of total detained 200
 
Percent change:
from previous 12 months 0 %
from FY 2005 -54 %
from FY 2000 420 %
 
Facility ranking on detainees top 81 %

Table 1: Number leaving ICE detention
from this facility

During the most recent 12 month period for which data are available, a total of 26 detainees housed at the Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility 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 13 percent of the 200 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 87 percent remained in ICE detention but were transferred from the Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility 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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility 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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility last year ranked in the top 81 percent nationwide in the number of individuals leaving ICE detention. This means that 81 percent of the locations contributed the same or a larger numbers of exits, while 19 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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility 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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility numbers were about the same. During the April 2006-March 2007 period the facility processed 26 "exits" as compared with 26 last year. As detailed in Table 1, numbers last year were also down 54 percent as compared with the number of those leaving ICE detention (57) during FY 2005. Exits last year were however up by 420 percent as compared with the number of exits (5) during FY 2000.

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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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility 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 75 5 7 %
2001 159 6 4 %
2002 105 5 5 %
2003 143 8 6 %
2004 57 3 5 %
2005 179 57 32 %
2006 130 34 26 %
2007 307 19 6 %
2008 (est) 110 32 29 %

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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility 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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility was the first ICE facility in which these detainees were held. According to ICE records, for all these detainees, the Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility 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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility on average had stayed at somewhat fewer (1.0) ICE facilities.

Reason Left ICE Facility Profile U.S Profile
Number Percent Percent
Orders of Recognizance or Supervision 21 81 % 5 %
U.S. Marshal or Other Agency 5 19 % 3 %
Bonded out 0 . 8 %
Deported/Removed 0 . 72 %
Died 0 . 0 %
Escaped 0 . 0 %
Paroled 0 . 0 %
Proceedings Terminated 0 . 2 %
Voluntary departure 0 . 10 %
Withdrawal 0 . 1 %
Total 26 100 % 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 21 (81 percent) who left the Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility detention for these reasons: 21 with orders of recognizance, and none with an order of supervision.

Transferred to criminal custody. A total of 5 individuals (19 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.

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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility 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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility during the past 12 months for the following reasons: 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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility 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 detainees released on orders of recognizance or supervision (81 versus 5 percent), those released to the U.S. Marshal or other agency (19 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.

Nationalities

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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility had a much larger proportion of detainees from Mexico - 73 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/
Voluntary
Departure
Percent
- ALL 26 0 0.0 %
1 Mexico 19 0 0.0 %
2 Honduras 5 0 0.0 %
3 Brazil 1 0 0.0 %
El Salvador 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 Western Virginia Regional Correctional Facility last year were: Honduras (19%), Brazil (4%) and El Salvador (4%). 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
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