Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Illness Hinders Plans to Close Immigration Jail - By Nina Bernstein (NYTimes)

When Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced last month that they would close New York City's only immigration jail and relocate its roughly 300 detainees to New Jersey, they described the step as part of a larger overhaul to improve health care and cost-effectiveness in the nation’s detention system. But with only three days to go before the official end of detention operations at the jail, the Varick Federal Detention Facility in Greenwich Village, on Friday, officials have found that the detainees hardest to relocate are those with serious medical problems ... read more

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