Mandatory detention is the practice of imprisoning an individual without any consideration of whether incarceration is necessary or appropriate. Current U.S.
immigration policies require whole categories of non-citizens to be imprisoned without any individual assessment of their risk to public safety or flight or of their
vulnerability in detention while the government tries to prove that it has the authority to deport them. This 2017 Fact Sheet from the Detention Watch Network outlines the practice and justification. Key Words: Undocumented, deportation

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