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INS to Adopt New Detention Standards

The INS has released detailed standards for facilities housing INS detainees. The standards are meant to ensure consistent treatment and care for detainees that are in INS custody anywhere in the coutnry. They are scheduled to take effect at INS-owned facilities in January 2001, and to be phased in at contract facilities over the next two years.

The Detention Operations Manual (Detention Standards) provides uniform policies and procedures for the safe, secure and humane treatment of individuals detained by INS. The detention standards spell out INS expectations, include guidance on compliance, and provide objective monitoring instruments. They also address specific facility-operating procedures. The implementation of the detention standards is mandatory for all INS Service Processing Centers, Contract Detention facilities and state and local government custodial facilities that house INS detainees for over 72 hours.

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Detainee Services

  1. Access to Legal Material
  2. Classification System
  3. Correspondence and Other Mail
  4. Detainee Handbook
  5. Food Service
  6. Funds and Personal Property
  7. Detainee Grievance Procedures
  8. Group Presentations on Legal Rights
  9. Issuance and Exchange of Clothing, Bedding and Towels
  10. Marriage Requests
  11. Non-Medical Emergency Escorted Trip
  12. Recreation
  13. Religious Practices
  14. Telephone Access
  15. Visitation (222 KB)
  16. Voluntary Work Program

Health Services

  1. Hunger Strikes
  2. Medical Care
  3. Suicide Prevention and Intervention
  4. Terminal Illness, Advanced Directives and Death

Security and Control

  1. Admission and Release
  2. Contraband
  3. Detention Files
  4. Disciplinary Policy
  5. Emergency Plans
  6. Environmental Health and Safety
  7. Hold Rooms in Detention Facilities
  8. Key and Lock Control
  9. Population Counts
  10. Post Orders
  11. Security Inspections
  12. Special Management Unit (Administrative Segregation)
  13. Special Management Unit (Disciplinary Segregation)
  14. Tool Control
  15. Transportation (Land Transportation)
  16. Use of Force


  1. Definitions