Putting TRAC to Work
  Legal and Scholarly
SSM - Mental Health
October 23, 2021

Release from US immigration detention may improve physical and psychological stress and health: Results from a two-wave panel study in California
By Caitlin Patler, Altaf Saadi, Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young, Konrad Franco

Our study findings are relevant for understanding the impacts of imprisonment in both the criminal and immigration legal contexts. However, they may be especially critical to understanding the specific impacts and policy context of immigration detention. Because immigration law is administrative law, detention lacks many of the basic constitutional protections usually applied to the criminal law context, including the right to publicly appointed counsel and the ability to appeal a detention decision. This can result in prolonged detention without trial, lasting months or years in conditions that can be harmful or even deadly to detainees’ health and wellbeing. Furthermore, there is often little oversight or accountability when violations of detention standards occur. Our study can therefore provide critically important context for policy makers to reconsider immigration detention practices. In particular, given the potential health benefits of release, our results strongly support policies that prioritize alternatives to detention rather than imprisonment.......[Citing TRAC data and research].

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
Copyright 2021
TRAC TRAC at Work TRAC TRAC at Work News Organizations News Organizations