Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Prison By Any Other Name: A Report on South Florida Detention Facilities

Prison By Any Other Name: A Report on South Florida Detention Facilities

“On a given day in August 2019, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) held over 55,000 people in detention—a massive increase from five years ago when ICE held fewer than 30,000 people.” “As of April 2019, Florida had the sixth-largest population of people detained by ICE in the United States, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University—detaining more than 2,000 noncitizens in four immigration prisons.”

“Three of the four South Florida facilities regularly use isolation units: Monroe, Krome, and Glades.” “Under ICE policy, ‘[p]lacement of detained individuals in segregated housing is a serious step that requires careful consideration of alternatives. Placement in segregation should occur only when necessary and in compliance with applicable detention standards.’” Of the people surveyed at facilities using isolation, more than one in five had been in or were currently in segregation—reflecting the pattern of a high use of segregation in immigrant prisons and criminal prisons nationwide.

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*In particular, see “Solitary Confinement” section under “III. Conditions of Confinement.”


Keywords: Key West, Moore Haven, Pompano Beach, Miami, immigration detention, I.C.E. detention facilities, administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, mental health, psychological effects, anxiety.