Tuesday, October 9, 2018

TRAC Immigration: Profiling Who ICE Detains - Few Committed Any Crime

As of June 30, 2018 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) held 44,435 individuals in custody. Individuals were being held in 217 detention facilities located in 180 U.S. counties spread across 43 states and 3 territories. The number of ICE detainees was up from 39,082 persons ICE held in custody at the end of FY 2015.

Figure 1. Few ICE Detainees Committed Serious Crimes
(June 30, 2018)

Case-by-case records on each of these 44,435 individuals held in ICE custody were recently obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. These data provide a detailed snapshot of ICE custody practices. Highlights from this latest data are summarized below.

Who Is ICE Detaining?

The vast majority (58%) of individuals in ICE custody June 30 had no criminal record. An even larger proportion—four out of five—either had no record, or had only committed a minor offense such as a traffic violation.

This left just one out of five who had been convicted of what ICE classified as a felony. Of these only 16 percent were what ICE defines as a serious, or Level 1, offense. Even among Level 1 offenses ICE included crimes such as "selling marijuana" which many states have now legalized.

Thanks to Nolan Rappaport for the tip.



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