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November 23, 2016

Jailed immigrants see double standard in US bail reform stance
By Andrew Becker

Immigration bonds usually start around $1,500, but can range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. In extreme cases, immigration bond, which is paid to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has been set as high as $2.5 million. The supervision of immigrants released on bond has become big business for some. If a bond is breached, Immigration and Customs Enforcement keeps the money, which it uses to offset detention costs. About 14 percent of people who posted bond absconded in 2015, according to an analysis of immigration court records by Syracuse University-based Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. In 2016, immigration judges nationwide received 63,308 requests for bond, and completed 61,918 bond hearings, a slight increase from the year before, according to Justice Department statistics provided to Reveal. The most recent statistics on how many detained immigrants who couldn’t post bond were not immediately available. In cases completed in 2015, 13 percent of immigrants were granted bond remained locked up, down from 28 percent in 2011, according to the clearinghouse’s analysis.

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