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NCJ Number: 185705 Find in a Library
Title: Locked Up Tight
Journal: ABA Journal  Volume:86  Dated:November 2000  Pages:44-51
Author(s): Margaret G. Tebo
Date Published: November 2000
Page Count: 6
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines holding deportable aliens in United States jails along with convicted criminals.
Abstract: In county jails, urban holding cells, and barbed wire-fenced detention yards across the United States, approximately 3,000 immigrants labeled deportable by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service sit waiting for months, or years. Some of these "detainees" do have criminal histories, but have already served their time. Yet all are treated the same as the criminals with whom they are housed. They are being held because the United States has nowhere to send them. Most are from countries with whom the United States has no official diplomatic relations and some are not citizens of any country. Some detainees don't know why they are being held. The Justice Department has concluded that some should be held on the basis of secret evidence that is not available even to the detainee's attorneys. The article describes efforts to change the situation, to put an end to indefinite detention, particularly with the use of secret evidence, which is a violation of due process.
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Corrections; Deportation; Detention; Federal government; Immigrants/Aliens; Immigration Naturalization Service (INS); Indeterminate sentences; Right to Due Process
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