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Review of the Use of Segregation for ICE Detainees

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Date Published
September 2013
13 pages
This directive establishes policy and procedures for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) review of ICE detainees placed into segregated housing.
Consistent with the agency's detention standards and relevant special housing policies, policy requires that ICE 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 whom heightened concerns exist based on known special vulnerabilities and other factors related to the detainee's health or the risk of victimization. Sections of this policy cover ICE division of responsibilities; field review of detainee segregation status; facility compliance; ICE headquarters oversight; reporting requirements regarding use of segregation; and training. Placement of detainees in segregated housing is a serious step that should occur only when necessary and in compliance with applicable detention standards; 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.