ICE Alternatives to Detention Program Continues Its Expansion
(28 Nov 2022) According to data released today by ICE, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, which currently houses single adults (mostly females) and is run by CoreCivic, continues to have the largest average daily population of detainees (1,590) in the country.

Across its network of detention facilities, the number of people being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement has remained at 30,000. However, the number of individuals ICE monitors under its Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program is continuing to increase. Now with 343,038 monitored, ATD covers more than 11 times the number of individuals ICE has detained.

ICE reports that currently individuals are being monitored under ATD on average for nearly a year (341 days). However, at some locations monitoring extended for much longer periods. At St. Paul’s area office, monitoring is continuing on average for nearly 3 years (1,041 days).

Other highlights from data updated in TRAC's Quick Facts tool show that:

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 30,001 in ICE detention according to data current as of November 20, 2022.
  • 20,730 out of 30,001—or 69.1%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of November 20, 2022. Many more have only minor offenses, including traffic violations.
  • ICE relied on detention facilities in Texas to house the most people during FY 2023, according to data current as of November 14, 2022.
  • Harlingen's area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of November 19, 2022.

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