U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Detention and Removal Operations: Semiannual Report on Compliance with ICE National Detention Standards January-June 2007   [open pdf - 288KB]

"In 2007, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enacted a multi-year strategy of improving immigration enforcement. This strategy targets criminal aliens, fugitive aliens, and the criminal infrastructure that supports illegal immigration, and has an enhanced focus on worksite enforcement and elimination of the jobs magnet that draw illegal workers to the United States. A key component in executing this strategy is providing safe, secure and compliant detention facilities for all ICE detainees, once a determination has been made to assume custody. Essential to ensuring that these facilities provide appropriate conditions of confinement is the ICE Detention Facility Inspection Program. In order to facilitate transparency of the ICE Detention Facility Inspection Program, the Assistant Secretary of ICE directed that the Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) report semi-annually on agency-wide adherence with the ICE National Detention Standards (NDS). ICE, with the assistance of law enforcement professionals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), has carefully crafted 38 National Detention Standards, which are explained in detail in Appendix A. This is the first such report issued under this directive and covers the period of January through June 2007. It explains the standards that ICE uses to rate the performance of detention facilities, and shows results for the six months covered by this report."

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