ICE to make detention centers more humane

June 10, 2010


By SUSAN CARROLL HOUSTON CHRONICLE

June 8, 2010, 10:16PM

The changes, detailed in an internal ICE e-mail obtained by the Houston Chronicle, were welcomed by immigrant advocates who have been waiting for the Obama administration to deliver on a promise made in August to overhaul the nation’s immigration detention system.

The 28 changes identified in the e-mail range from the superficial to the substantive. In addition to “softening the look of the facility” with hanging plants and offering fresh carrot sticks, ICE will allow for the “free movement” of low-risk detainees, expand visiting hours and provide unmonitored phone lines.

ICE officials said the changes are part of broader efforts to make the immigration detention system less penal and more humane.

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susan.carroll@chron.com

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7043040.html

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