New ILPA briefing on mental health & detention

20 December 2012

New ILPA briefing on mental health & detention produced following BID and AVID meeting with Dept of Health & UKBA

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. 

New UKBA guidance 'Standard paragraphs for bail summaries' December 2012

18 December 2012

UKBA has published brand new guidance for Criminal Casework Directorate caseowners on the standard paragraphs available for use in bail summaries.

New BID research report on bail decision making and long-term detention, 'The Liberty Deficit'

6 December 2012

New BID research report on bail decision making and long-term detention, 'The Liberty Deficit: long-term detention and bail decision-making'

Update on important legal cases

5 December 2012

We've compiled a summary of important new legal cases on immigration and detention, with links to the full judgments: 

Revised BID handbook on bail 'How to get out of detention' published

6 November 2012

Bail for Immigration Detainees' (BID) latest handbook on making bail applications, 'How to get out of detention: a free guide for detainees', was released on November 5th.

BID submission on foreign offender conditional cautions​

6 November 2012

Ministry of Justice consultation on code of practice for adult conditional cautions - BID submission on foreign offender conditional cautions

Bail for Immigration Detainees

29 October 2012

A piece from Colin Yeo.

Foreign national prisoners: access to justice

27 September 2012

There is a pressing need for accessible, high quality immigration advice in prisons and immigration removal centres (IRCs), a need which is recognised in official policy and specialist guidance, writes Adeline Trude and Gemma Lousley. 

Migrants and stop and search: know your rights

12 July 2012

A campaign has been launched to provide people with vital information if they are subject to or witness a raid by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Deportee families face unfair attack

18 June 2012

A letter signed by BID and other organisations published in The Guardian.

Mental health crisis in immigration detention - BID and AVID launch a new briefing

1 June 2012

The Mental Health in Immigration Detention Project (MHIDP) is a policy initiative which aims to secure the humane and lawful treatment of immigration detainees. It is a joint project by the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). 

Judge brands detention irrational, unlawful and degrading

26 April 2012

Another High Court judge rebukes the UK Border Agency for its detention of mentally ill foreign offenders.

BID letter in the Guardian on the need to respect human rights for foreign national ex-offenders

17 April 2012

BID's Director, Celia Clarke, wrote to the Guardian recently to highlight ongoing attempts by the Home Secretary to erect barriers to foreign nationals exercising their Article 8 right to a private and family life.  

Extradition to the US is an abuse of justice

16 April 2012

A letter by BID's director, Celia Clarke, featured in The Guardian.

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 intervenes in Home Office challenge to limit private law claim for unlawful detention

27 March 2012

BID was granted permission by the Court of Appeal to intervene and to make oral submissions in the case of BA & Others, the hearing for which was held on 13 March. 

Former client of BID granted refugee status

20 March 2012

A former client of BID’s who was held in immigration detention for over 18 months was finally granted refugee status last month.

Foreign nationals & LASPO

9 March 2012

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill, which received another bashing in the House of Lords this week, is not a particularly friendly piece of legislation if you happen to be a non-UK citizen.

Discriminatory attempt to use criminal justice provision to effect LASPO

1 March 2012

Discriminatory attempt to use criminal justice provision to effect immigration control in Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill

Response to G4S: 900 asylum seekers face eviction in Yorkshire

23 February 2012

Academics take issue with G4S’ defence of its treatment of asylum seekers.

Asylum seeker housing managed by for-profit prison guards? Why not

8 February 2012

The UK Border Agency invites the company that killed Jimmy Mubenga to manage housing for vulnerable asylum seekers. The government’s ‘preferred bidders’ for contracts to house vulnerable asylum seekers are Reliance Security and two multinational security companies — G4S and Serco — best known for immigration prisons, forcible deportations and failings in their duty of care to vulnerable people.

Indefinite detention: not very British

8 February 2012

The decision of the European Court of Human Rights that Abu Qatada cannot, for now, be deported to Jordan because of the risk of a trial using evidence obtained by torture has nothing to do with the Human Rights Act. Unless the UK were to withdraw entirely from the European Convention on Human Rights, that decision would always have been reached with or without our own Human Rights Act.

Visit to Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre

20 January 2012

Wednesday the 18th of January saw my first visit to an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in my capacity as a trustee of Bail for Immigration Detainees. 

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