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September 20, 2021

Ankle Monitors And GPS Apps: ICE's Alternatives to Detention, Explained
By Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio

As New Jersey continues to cut ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention in the state, an open question remains as to what will happen to local residents arrested by the agency. Since the handful of facilities that detain immigrants in the state started ending their contracts, ICE has transferred detained immigrants across the country separating them from their families and lawyers in the process. The agency chooses to send individuals across the country, when there is another alternative — albeit a flawed one, according to advocates — a program called Alternatives to Detention (ATD), where immigrants can live outside of detention facilities, while still supervised by ICE. The program has been in use since 2004, and as of September 13 there were more than 124,000 immigrants supervised through the program, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The Newark ICE office had the fourth highest number of people monitored through the program as of September 13, with more than 9,000 individuals enrolled in the program.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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