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(October 2010) — On the first anniversary of the Obama administration’s pledge to overhaul the immigration detention system, including improving human rights conditions for detained immigrants, a report card by a coalition of rights groups shows no significant improvements for the approximately 32,000 immigrants held in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) each day.

Year One Report Card: Human Rights & the Obama Administration’s Immigration Detention Reforms, a joint project of the National Immigrant Justice Center, Detention Watch Network, and Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, demonstrates that ICE’s reform proposal has been undermined by the agency’s continued overreliance on penal incarceration practices and by the pervasive anti-reform culture at local ICE field offices. Immigrants detained across the country report mistreatment by guards, limited access to counsel, inadequate medical care, misuse of solitary confinement, and other degrading treatment.

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