Conditions in Immigration Detention Facilities
The U. S. has up to two hundred immigration detention facilities usually located far from major cities. Some of these detention facilities can house up to several thousand detainees at a given period of time. Inside these facilities aliens with criminal records mix with aliens without criminal records. Within the facilities men and women are separated, though there are a number of family detention centers. Such family facilities usually house women and children asylum seekers. Some detention facilities have immigration courts and asylum offices inside the same building.
The detention facilities fell like prisons, further in most cases they are housed in correctional facilities. They are operated by federal government, state or an outsourced private company. The length of time one spends in a detention facility is unknown, if the person inside is yet to be released on bond or ‘reasonable supervision’ or is granted the right to remain lawfully in the U. S. While the thought of being detained is not an enjoyable experience a detainee should keep focusing on their preparation of a strong defense. It is strongly advisable to find an immigration attorney who can assist you in obtaining a bond hearing or a release on a supervision order. Further, request from your attorney information about obtaining such possibilities of release.
The living conditions in the detention facilities put a limit to one’s privacy and freedom. In the facility your personal belongings will be taken away from you and you will be assigned a specific bed. The guards will refer to you by your bed number or by your alien registration number. You will wear a jumpsuit uniform, further, you will sleep in a large room with other detainees. A common feature will be “counts”, this is whereby you and other detainees will undergo counting by the guards of the total detainees in the large room and in the whole facility.
As a result of the location of some detention facilities away from immigration courts, if any interviews and or hearings are scheduled to be done before an Immigration Judge, these will be carried out by way of video conference so as not to incur traveling costs.
Every detention center has its own visiting hours and conditions of visiting guests and as such friends, family and legal representatives can only visit you during these times. In most facilities family visitation and lawyer visitation times are set differently so as to ensure the full benefit of ones visiting period and not focus on sharing it between legal visits and social visits. Some facilities have set up for visitation purposes areas which have a plastic window that separates the detainee from any physical contact with the visitor. The visitor and detainee speak by intercom system; in such facilities any physical contact is prohibited. While other facilities may have a visitation area where tables and chairs are put across each other; in such detention facilities physical contact may be limited but allowed or in others prohibited.
If you are detained in Ohio, find a Columbus immigration attorney to represent your interests before an Immigration Judge.