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Use of Segregation in ICE Detention

The safety and security of detainees is a primary consideration for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As such, the agency recently issued a new directive on use of segregation in ICE detention, which complements the requirements of the Performance-Based National Detention Standards.

Placement of detainees in segregated housing is a serious step that requires careful consideration of alternatives. The new policy sets forth that placement in segregation should occur only when necessary and in compliance with applicable detention standards. In particular, placement in administrative segregation due to a special vulnerability should be used only as a last resort and when no other viable housing options exist.

ICE shall ensure the safety, health, and welfare of detainees in segregated housing in its immigration detention facilities. Consistent with the agency's detention standards and relevant special housing needs, ICE shall take additional steps to ensure appropriate review and oversight of decisions to retain detainees in segregated housing for over 14 days, or placements in segregation for any length of time in the case of detainees for who heightened concerns exist based on known special vulnerabilities and other factors related to the detainee's health or the risk of victimization.

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Directive on Use of Segregation in ICE Detention PDF 1.72 MB
Last Updated: 05/24/2022
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