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US Immigration officials have increased the use of solitary confinement for detained migrants, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records obtained by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a watchdog group based in Washington, DC.
ICE records obtained by POGO found a 15.2 percent increase in the number of detained migrants placed in solitary confinement during the first 15 months of the Trump administration, as compared to the rate at the end of the Obama administration.
POGO’s report found that from January 2016 to May 2018, there were more than 6,559 instances where detained migrants were placed in solitary confinement in ICE detention centers. About 4,007 detained immigrants were held in solitary confinement for 15 days, or about 61 percent of cases involving the practice. The data also reveals 2,579 detained immigrants with mental illness were held in solitary confinement (39 percent) and 989…
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