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Treatment of Detainees Still at Issue Following Surprise Inspections

Treatment of Detainees Still at Issue Following Surprise Inspections

According to a recent CNN report, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found a number of problems concerning the treatment of detainees following surprise inspections at some immigration detention facilities . Among these concerns were long waits for medical care, misuse of solitary confinement, and inappropriate treatment of detainees. According to OIG, these concerns undermine the humane treatment of detainees and the provision of a safe and healthy environment. OIG’s negative report comes amid the Trump administration’s push to expand detention facilities to hold more detainees involved in deportation proceedings. More specifically, the report indicates that detainees at the Santa Ana City Jail and the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA, had extremely long waits for medical care, even when the detainees were suffering from painful medical conditions, such as infected teeth and knee injuries. In some cases, there were language barriers that prevented detainees from understanding medical staff. Furthermore, the inspectors reported concerns about the inappropriate usage of administrative or disciplinary segregation, which is commonly known as solitary confinement. Detainees often were not told why they were being placed in solitary confinement, did not receive notice of their punishment in writing, and did not receive appeal forms to segregated detainees. All of these instances violate Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE)’s detention standards. Staff members also failed to properly document meal times and medical visits, which could indicate a more widespread abuse of solitary confinement. At four different facilities, detainees told inspectors that guards regularly yelled at them and used inappropriate language. Detainees at Stewart Detention Center also reported that staff members interrupted or delayed Muslim prayer times. Inspectors also found bathrooms in disrepair at Otero County Processing Center and Stewart, along with a lack of hot water in showers and water leaks in housing areas at Stewart. Legal representation is essential to fighting back against deportation charges brought by the federal government, as well as against inhumane treatment during detention. The Oakland deportation defense attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.know how to help you through every step of your deportation proceedings, regardless of the form of relief that may be available under immigration law. Take the first step today toward securing the future of your family in the United States, and call our office at (510) 756-4468 to set up a legal evaluation with one of our highly skilled California immigration lawyers.

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