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Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes Yvette Cooper’s announcement that the Labour Party would introduce a time limit on immigration detention. We agree with Yvette Cooper that detention “can be deeply scarring”. Adeline Trude of BID said: “A time limit...
Prison efficiency savings and more restricted regimes: bad news for immigration detainees held in prison estate
The House of Commons Justice Committee today published the report of its year-long inquiry into the impact of the Government’s programme of reforms and efficiency savings across the prison estate , concluding that the combination of estate modernisation and re-...
Article by BID for the IMB Independent Monitor on access to justice for immigration detainees held in prison estate
In a report for the Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards (AMIMB) March 2015 edition of Independent Monitor, Research & Policy manager Dr Adeline Trude shares BID's concerns about the "multiple, systemic, and compounding barriers to accessing...
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Parliament’s Justice Committee has published a damning report , which finds that the Government has ‘limited access to justice for some of those who need legal aid the most.’
The Odysseus Network has published a new report on the use of alternatives to immigration detention in 13 EU member states, including the UK. The report notes with concern that: 'The number of people in immigration detention in the UK rose from 250 people in 1993,...
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes the publication of the report of the Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration into the use of immigration detention in the UK . This wide-ranging, careful, timely, and compassionate...
Are you a lawyer with an interest in human rights and immigration and asylum law? Do you want to use your skills and experience in support of immigration detainees? Can you spare an average of four hours a month? The Board of Trustees of Bail for Immigration...
BID calls for immigration detention in the UK to be subject to regular, automatic judicial oversight and a time limit
There is currently no maximum period in the UK for the detention of foreign nationals under immigration powers. The UK is alone in Europe in having no upper limit on detention. BID is opposed to the use of immigration detention. While detention continues to be used...
BID welcomes the recent judgment in the High Court in the case of Idira v SSHD  EWHC 4299 about the detention of immigration detainees in prisons rather than immigration removal centres.
Being detained and losing one’s liberty is bad enough when a person is held in an immigration removal centre, but immigration detention in a prison is unfair and unjust from the start.