Immigration Detention in the Risk Classification Assessment Era
37 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2016
Date Written: November 7, 2016
This article provides the first empirical analysis of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE’s”) new computerized “risk assessment tool” for making custody decisions. The article analyzes risk assessment decisions by ICE’s Baltimore Field Office, by examining decision summaries containing detailed criminal, immigration, and family histories, gained from records and intake interviews. It provides a first take on whether risk assessment can viably reconcile “tough and humane enforcement.” The data set consists of almost six hundred risk assessment summaries from ICE’s Baltimore FOD databases, from approximately March to July 2013, concurrent with ICE’s March 2013 announcement that ICE nationally deployed risk assessment.
Keywords: immigration detention, risk, mandatory detention
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