DHS Finalizes Prison Rape Regulation Standards

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security has finalized comprehensive Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards to detect, prevent, reduce and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS immigration facilities. The move to finalize standards also meets a May 2012 Presidential Directive, and builds on current DHS sexual assault safeguards, detention policies and practices.

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ICE Considering New Jersey for Detention Center

WASHINGTON — One of three sites being considered by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency for a massive federal detention center for illegal immigrants is in Essex County, N.J.
ICE wants to locate a 2,250-bed center within two hours of New York and Philadelphia to consolidate the expense of holding and transporting illegal immigrants in the northeast.
Essex County has proposed using parts of the county’s correctional facility in Newark, as well as Delaney Hall, an adjacent residential center that prepares c

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ICE Reforms Include New Construction Projects

WASHINGTON — Federal officials announced a reform plan for immigration detention that aims to standardize operations and move away from the current practice of housing detainees at state and local facilities.

During the next three to five years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will design facilities in an effort to improve immigration detention system oversight, conditions, medical care and fiscal efficiency, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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