The Monitor – Feds announce overhaul of immigration detention system

Repurposed hotels, nursing homes and other residential facilities could become the new face of detention for thousands of U.S. immigration detainees under a set of reform measures the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.

The shift to more comfortable, less prison-like structures for non-criminal immigrants is all part of a larger strategy to house them according to the risk they pose, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. “We run a huge detention system through (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement),” she said during a teleconference with reporters.

“It’s a huge range of detainees from those who have criminal records and need to be housed in a prison-like system and those who have no criminal background and who have come to this country only seeking asylum.”

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