CA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S REPORT FAULTS CONDITIONS IN IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITIES

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Source:  California Department of Justice

March 4, 2019 (San Francisco) - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced the release of a California Department of Justice (DOJ) report on immigration detention facilities in the state. The report is the result of Assembly Bill 103, which passed in 2017, requiring the DOJ, over a 10-year period, to report on: conditions of confinement; the standard of care and due process provided to detainees; and the circumstances around the apprehension and transfer of detainees to facilities. This initial report is intended to provide increased transparency around immigration detention facilities in California. The report is an important step forward in understanding the conditions under which civil immigration detainees are living, including their access to critical health and legal resources.

“We’re committed to upholding the welfare of all people in California, including those in local detention facilities pending immigration proceedings,” said Attorney General Becerra. “At the California Department of Justice, we will continue to review detention facilities in our state and shine much-needed light on civil detention conditions.”

Although immigration detainees’ experiences vary drastically within and across facilities throughout the state, DOJ found a number of common challenges, including:

  • Prolonged periods of confinement without breaks, with some detainees confined in cells for up to 22 hours a day;
  • Significant language barriers, compromising medical and legal confidentiality;
  • Difficulties with access to medical and mental health care, increasing the risk to detainees of a major medical or mental health incident;
  • Obstacles to external communication, limiting detainees’ abilities to contact family or other support systems; and
  • Barriers to access to legal representation, leaving many detainees to navigate the complexities of immigration law themselves.

During the last three years, detention facilities in California, including those operated by local governments, have held more than 74,000 immigration detainees, including individuals as young as 13 and as old as 95, from over 150 different countries, such as Argentina, Armenia, Canada, China, Cameroon, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore. Detainees were held for more than 50 days on average, with the longest stay at a single facility exceeding four years.

Immigration detention facility review by DOJ is ongoing. For this report, DOJ conducted one-day visits to all 10 civil immigration detention facilities in the state that were operating when AB 103 became law. DOJ comprehensively reviewed three public facilities: Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility, Theo Lacy Facility in Orange County, and West County Detention Facility in Contra Costa County.

The full report is available here.

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immigration detainees

"Appealing to our sympathy for criminals" Gees, Louise. How about appealing to your intelligence? Or it that a lost cause? This country was made on the backs of immigrants and unless you're Native American, your forefathers were immigrants too. What has made America so great was the compromise, respect and just being able to "get-along" with someone who isn't exactly like you. The Immigration System has been broken for a long time. Trump has done his damnest to make it worse and extend his Executive Powers by imposing new regulations on Immigration Courts. Essentially, he wants to strip anyone coming to this country without documentation of their due process under the Constitution. Due process is one of the basics of America. Unlike you, I don't believe in one law for some, but not everybody. "Those that have harmed us" All the 830,000 now awaiting Immigrant Court have harmed you? Exactly what did they all do to you? "Appealing to your sympathy" But your sympathy only extends to other white, Christians who's political ideas agree with your own. Those black. brown, red and yellow people don't really count. "Lifestyle of prisoners"? But they aren't really prisoners. They are awaiting their chance at a hearing. Currently, the end of the queue is somewhere in 2022. But, capitalism at it's finest. The same people that brought you prisons for profit are now in the detention facility business and they are making millions. The people, men, women and children, locked in cages for up to 22 hrs/day, the unavailability of licensed medical personnel, inability to communicate to the outside and poor living conditions are not your problem. YOU are what's wrong with America today. YOU are our problem.

I'm so sorry.............

If he is appealing to our sympathy for criminals, and those that have harmed us, those "common challenges" are bunk when it comes to lifestyle of prisoners.