Policy Brief: ICE’s Detention Reforms Need More Alternatives, Fewer Jails

(December 2010) — The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not meet its deadline in 2010 to create a national alternatives-to-detention (ATD) plan that would help make the U.S. immigration system more humane and cost-effective. Instead, the agency detained record numbers of people in fi scal year 2010 and is making plans to build new detention centers. ICE must realign its priorities to fulfill its commitment to implement a nationwide ATD program. This policy brief provides recommendations for ATD expansion and highlights potential models.