ICE Announces New Detention Standards

On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement unveiled a new "performance-based" system of standards for immigrant detention facilities.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the publication of forty-one (41) new Performance-Based National Detention Standards, four of which are new including: News Media Interviews and Tours, Searches of Detainees, Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention and Intervention, and Staff Training. The performance-based standards will be implemented over the next 18 months to ensure that ICE continues to provide excellent care to those in custody. These standards are one part of ICE's comprehensive approach to detention oversight, which also includes facility quality assurance, inspection contracts and the publication of semi-annual reports. The enhanced standards will take full effect in all facilities housing ICE detainees in January 2010.

I'm not exactly sure what this will mean in terms of real change for immigrant detention facilities, but I am sure about one thing - ICE is responding to all of the media attention around awful standards and immigrant deaths in detention. I guess its a step in the right direction, but it is not nearly enough.