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.
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.
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)
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 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.
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)
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