Immigration Detention in California: A Review of Detention Facilities' Response to COVID-19 as of Fall 2021 [open pdf - 0B]
From the Executive Summary: "For its third report under Assembly Bill 103 (2017) (AB 103), the California Department of Justice (Cal DOJ) examines how the locked facilities that contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house noncitizens in ICE custody have responded to the unique challenges that have arisen during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. The facilities' responses were directed in large part by requirements and recommendations from ICE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as by court mandates seeking to remedy especially dangerous situations through specific requirements for social distancing, testing, monitoring, and caps on facility populations. As a result of both ICE and court requirements, detainee populations at ICE facilities in California were sharply reduced in 2020 and remained well under pre-pandemic numbers in 2021. This meant that, although a number of facilities across the State had lower detainee counts, ICE had to continue paying for empty beds under contractual terms guaranteeing payment for a minimum number of beds. At the same time, the average number of days a person was detained in the facilities across the State increased exponentially."
California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General: https://oag.ca.gov/