People detained in prison face structural racism, stigmatisation as a ‘foreign national offenders’, poor access to justice, restricted communications & the routine use of prolonged confinement to a cell.

Our latest research Catch 2022: Accessing Immigration Legal Advice from Prison found 89% of those interviewed had had difficulty accessing legal advice & that 74% were confined to a cell more than 22 hours a day.

BID believes no one should be detained under immigration powers and that this inhumane practice must be abolished - but we need your help.

We have put together the resources below to help raise awareness and to mobilise support for ending detention in prison.  

From sharing our research and film to donating or writing to your MP, there are plenty of ways you can add your voice to our campaign.

Watch the film

Watch our short documentary 'I need air' which follows Omar's story. Omar was detained in prison indefinitely under immigration powers. He was locked in his cell for 23-24 hours a day for over a year.

Read the research

Our research Catch 2022: Accessing Immigration Legal Advice from Prison demonstrates the multiple & intersecting barriers to justice faced by people detained in prison under immigration powers.

Email your MP

Email your MP explaining why detaining people under immigration powers in prisons is inhumane & must be stopped. It takes less than three minutes using our handy tool & template.


Our prison project provides specialist legal advice & representation to people detained in prison under immigration powers. Donate now to support our work.

Get legal advice

If you're detained in prison or are supporting someone who is visit the Information and Advice section of the website to find our guides and resources or contact the team for legal advice. 

Find out more

Find out more about our work to end detention in prisons including our previous research on solitary confinement, briefings, statements & campaigns. 

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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