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Investigation begins after Jamaican detainee, 38, dies

4 October 2017

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 38-year-old immigration detainee after the Home office confirmed that a Jamaican man died on Tuesday while he was being held at Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Lincoln. It is the third such death in less than a month and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at the incident. The prisons and probation ombudsman has begun an investigation.

Detainees in prison denied immigration advice – BID

8 February 2017

Hundreds of foreign nationals in the UK are being denied access to immigration advice according to new research from the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID).

Imprisoning immigration detainees is not unlawful, rules Court of Appeal

27 November 2015

The Court of Appeal last week ruled that although detention in an immigration removal centre [IRC] was ‘generally more appropriate’ for detainees than prison, the practice was lawful and not in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), article 5 which safeguards the right to liberty and security.

Prison efficiency savings and more restricted regimes

18 March 2015

Prison efficiency savings and more restricted regimes: bad news for immigration detainees held in prison estate

'Denial of justice: the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention'

23 January 2014

On January 21st BID held its AGM on the topic 'Denial of justice: the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention'.  Thanks to all our powerful speakers including Michael Fordham QC (Blackstone Chambers & Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law ), Colin Carroll of HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Henry (a former client of BID), Sarah Teather MP, and Hamish Arnott (partner at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, a specialist human rights practice)

Foreign national offenders and the introduction of a Payment by Results system for rehab work

15 March 2013

Totally ignored: foreign national offenders and the introduction of a Payment by Results system for rehabilitation work

Recommendations from BID's new report on bail decision making, 'The Liberty Deficit'

20 December 2012

In our first report on bail decision making ('A Nice Judge on a Good Day: Immigration bail and the right to liberty ' (2010) available to download at end of page), we touched on the inability of the bail system to respond adequately to the needs of foreign national ex-prisoners. 

BID raises concerns about new HMIP approach to immigration detention inspections

16 April 2012

BID responded in detail recently to HM Inspectorate of Prison's consultation on revised immigration detention inspection expectations.  In addition to detailed comments against all changes to inspection expectations and a number of recommendations, BID also expressed concern about the new approach to inspection outlined by the Chief Inspector, Nick Hardwicke. BID is concerned that the newly fashionable Outcomes Focused Regulation, adopted among others by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority and the Financial Services Authority, is unsafe in a sector such as administrative detention where loss of liberty without independent oversight is at stake. 

Inspectorate report on UKBA and foreign national ex-offenders

1 November 2011

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes the recent Inspection Report released by John Vine, the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), detailing his findings and recommendations following an assessment of the UKBA’s efficacy and efficiency in managing and using its powers to deport Foreign National Prisoners (FNPs)

Asylum seekers still held in jail

1 September 2004

Home Office flouts commitment on detainees and angers prison staff with 'dumping' policy.

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is a registered Charity No. 1077187. Registered in England as a Limited Company No. 03803669. Accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Ref. No. N200100147. We are a member of the Fundraising Regulator, committed to best practice in fundraising and follow the standards for fundraising as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
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