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Isolated in Essex: Punishing Immigrants Through Solitary Confinement

Isolated in Essex: Punishing Immigrants Through Solitary Confinement

Chung, Sonya, and Andrea Savdie. Isolated in Essex: Punishing Immigrants Through Solitary Confinement. New York University, School of Law, Immigrant Rights Clinic, 2016.

Immigration detention is intended to ensure that people in detention appear at removal proceedings and is meant to be civil and non-punitive; however, people in detention are held at penal facilities and subject to the same conditions and treatment as those incarcerated in American prisons and jails, including the use of solitary confinement. In 2015, the New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees and the New York University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic published a report describing the use of solitary confinement as a disciplinary measure in two of the three New Jersey county jails that house detained immigrants. This 2016 report adds an analysis of previously unavailable data pertinent to the use of disciplinary segregation at Essex County Correctional Facility, the third and largest immigration detention facility in New Jersey.

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Key words: restrictive housing, segregated housing, segregation, immigration, immigrant, immigration detention, detention, detainee, solitary confinement