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May 14, 2018

ICE Is Keeping People in Immigration Jails for Longer and Longer
By Jorge Rivas

In 2015, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained an average of 28,168 detainees per day. The average person spent 34.4 days in detention, according to a Department of Justice report (see page 93 in the preceding link). But that same year, “some 3,166 [detainees] had been held for more than a year, including 169 for more than three years, 32 for more than five years, and five for more than eight years,” according to data obtained through public records requests by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse and published today by the Intercept. The data found that “those detained in for-profit detention centers were held the longest.” A 2013 TRAC report also found immigrants here legally faced the longest time in detention.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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