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June 28, 2020

Immigrant Bond Grants Stagnate Despite More Counsel
By RJ Vogt

The rate of representation for immigration court bond hearings, where detained immigrants have a chance to argue that they're not flight risks or dangers to society, has nearly doubled since 2015, rising from 35% to 66% in the first eight months of the current fiscal year. Having a lawyer in court typically makes a positive impact, but according to a report this month by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, bond grant rates have not improved alongside rising representation rates. In fact, they've dropped from 56% in 2015 to 48% in 2018 through 2020 meaning that, for the last three years, less than half of those who asked to be released during the pendency of the case were actually offered bond.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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