Immigration Detention Facility Population Doubles In Decade


The number of people held in hundreds of different detention facilities by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in the just-ended federal fiscal year is estimated to have reached 369,483, more than twice what it was 10 years ago, says the Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse (TRAC).

A TRAC analysis of millions of government records shows that to handle this pronounced surge in detainess, ICE has increasingly resorted to transferring individuals to facilities that are often far from where the apprehension took place. This analysis is based upon previously unavailable data obtained by TRAC and Human Rights Watch under the Freedom of Information Act, as well as other sources. TRAC’s Web site offers an overview report and 1,393 individual facility-by-facility reports at

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