Illegal immigrants facing deportation and being held in Essex County at Delaney Hall and Essex County Correctional Facility (ECCF) are living in conditions that do not meet the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s own standards for such detention, according to a report by New York University School of Law’s immigrant-rights clinic.
The report, titled “Immigration Incarceration: The Expansion and Failed Reform of Immigration Detention in Essex County, NJ “, states that “The current conditions for immigrant detainees in Delaney Hall and ECCF do not fully comply with the ICE Performance-Based National Standards for 2008 or for 2011.”
The report details the grievances of 204 detainees who agreed to share their experiences at the detention centers, even though they were aware that they could possibly face retaliation by guards, staff, or ICE officials, or that their case could be impacted negatively.
According to the report, the detainees filed 46 written grievances from October 2011 to December 2011, which “included allegations of mistreatment from Delaney Hall staff, cold dormitories and inadequate blankets during the winter, and unacceptable food quality.
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