Alternatives to Detention Literature

This post is a collection of documents describing various alternatives to detention. Most of the sources pertain to immigration detention in the US though a few of the resources are international.

Abdulamit, Esna. “Nothing Human Is Alien: The Re-Humanization of the U.S. Immigration Detention System Through Contract Reform.” Public Contract Law Journal 46, no. 1 (Fall 2016): 117–33.
AILA. “The Real Alternatives to Detention.” American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Women’s Refugee Commission, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, National Immigrant Justice Center, and Migration and Refugee Services, July 11, 2017.
Amaral, Philip. “Immigration Detention: Looking at the Alternatives.” Forced Migration Review 1, no. 44 (September 2013): 40–42.
AP. “ICE Shutters Detention Alternative for Asylum-Seekers.” VOA, June 9, 2017.
Bendix, Aria. “ICE Shuts Down Program for Asylum-Seekers.” The Atlantic, June 9, 2017.
Benenson, Laurence. “The Math of Immigration Detention, 2018 Update: Costs Continue to Multiply.” National Immigration Forum, May 9, 2018.
Senarclens, Clément de. “State Reluctance to Use Alternatives to Detention.” Forced Migration Review 1, no. 44 (September 2013): 60–62.
DHS OIG. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Alternatives To Detention.” Washington D. C.: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Professional Responsibility, Inspection of Detention and Oversight Division, Office of Inspector General, February 4, 2015.
DHS OIG. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Award of the Family Case Management Program Contract (Redacted).” Final Report. Washington, D.C.: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), November 30, 2017.
FFI. “Alternatives to Detention.” Freedom for Immigrants (FFI). Accessed April 11, 2019.
Foley, Elise, and Jennifer Bendery. “This Alternative To Detaining Immigrant Families Works. Trump Just Won’t Use It.” HuffPost, June 22, 2018.
GAO. “Immigration: Progress and Challenges in the Management of Immigration Courts and Alternatives to Detention Program.” Testimony Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate. Washington D. C.: United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), September 18, 2018.
GAO. “Alternatives to Detention: Improved Data Collections and Analysis Needed to Better Assess Program Effectiveness.” Report to Congressional Committees. Washington D. C.: United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), Nobemver 2014.
HRF. “Family Incarceration Is Not the Solution.” Human Rights First, June 2018.
IDC. “There Are Alternatives: A Handbook for Preventing Unnecessary Immigration Detention.” Melbourne, Australia: International Detention Coalition (IDC), 2015.
LIRS. “Family Placement Alternatives: Promoting Compliance with Compassion and Stability through Case Management Services.” Washington, D.C.: Lutheran Immigrant Refugee Service (LIRS), April 2016.
Marouf, Fatma E. “Alternatives to Immigration Detention.” Cardozo Law Review 38, no. 6 (August 2017): 2141–92.
Panjwani, Aly. “ICE Digital Prisons: The Expansion of Mass Surveillance as ICE’s Alternative to Detention.” Canton, MA: Just Futures Law, Mijente, May 2021.
Root, Oren. “The Appearance Assistance Program: An Alternative to Detention for Noncitizens in U.S. Immigration Removal Proceedings.” Vera Institute of Justice, 2000.
Summers, Emily R. “Prioritizing Failure: Using the ‘Rocket Docket’ Phenomenon to Describe Adult Detention.” Iowa Law Review 102, no. 2 (January 2017): 851–81.
USCCB, and CMS. “Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the U.S. Immigrant Detention System.” Migration and Refugee Services/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and The Center for Migration Studies (CMS), 2015.
Valle, Gaby del. “Trump’s Homeland Security Chief Is Giving Bad Immigration Data to Congress.” Vice News (blog), June 12, 2019.
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