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|2/25: New Report Shows Poor Medical Care Led to Deaths at U.S. Detention Centers
Released 25 March 2016  By National Immigrant Justice Center, ACLU, Detention Watch Network
New Report Shows Poor Medical Care Led to Deaths at U.S. Detention Centers
National Immigrant Justice Center, ACLU, Detention Watch Network
February 25, 2016
A new report, Fatal Neglect: How ICE Ignores Deaths in Detention, released today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), examines egregious violations of medical standards by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that played a significant role in the deaths of eight people in detention centers across the country.
Among the report's findings:
• In nearly half of the 17 death reviews produced by ICE from 2010 to 2012, the documentation suggests that failure to comply with ICE medical standards contributed to deaths.
• Even in the eight cases where death reviews concluded that violations of ICE medical standards contributed to people’s deaths, ICE’s deficient inspections system essentially swept those findings under the rug.
• Three of the eight cases profiled led to wrongful death lawsuits by family members.
• Six deaths involving substandard care occurred at privately operated facilities.
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