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United States - UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention - January 2014

The United States' immigration detention system is based on a penal model of corrections that fails to address the needs of a population detained for civil status violations. The reliance on detention reflects broader U.S. trends of racial discrimination, mass incarceration, and criminalization of migration. This report offers recommendations to bring the U.S. immigration detention system into compliance with international human rights standards. Collaborator: Detention Watch Network.