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ICE Revises Standards for Immigration Detention

ICE announced revised its detention standards on February 27, 2012.  CLINIC participated in a working group to develop the standards, known as PBNDS 2011 (Performance Based National Detention Standards 2011).  Special attention was paid to standards that improve medical and mental health services, increase access to legal services and religious opportunities, improve communication with detainees with limited English proficiency, improve the process for reporting and responding to complaints, reinforce protections against sexual abuse and assault, and increase recreation and visitation.  Different versions of three sets of national detention standards currently apply to ICE's various detention facilities. ICE has begun implementing PBNDS 2011 across its detention facilities, with priority initially given to facilities housing the largest populations of ICE detainees.  Please contact me if you have a client who is not being treated properly in detention.