Thursday, August 13, 2009

ICE: Detention overhaul won't lead to fewer beds

AP 8/12/09


A planned overhaul of the immigration detention system might result in
fewer concrete cells and lower fences — but it won't mean more releases, even
with electronic ankle monitors, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director
John Morton said Wednesday. [...]

Morton told The Associated Press on Wednesday that "I don't think the
overall number of detention beds will decrease significantly. It will remain
roughly the same."

The agency will still look at whether alternatives, like electronic
monitoring, can be used to ensure immigrants attend court hearings and comply
with deportation orders — but will not use them to replace the housing of
substantial numbers of people in government-funded facilities, he said.

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