Community-based Alternatives to Immigration Detention

by Detention Watch Network and Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinicecho " "; December 31, 1969

Experience in pilot programs here and abroad has demonstrated that community-based alternatives to detention (ATDs) are cheaper, more effective, and more humane than the current U.S. immigration detention system. In 2010 alone, the United States will spend approximately $1.77 billion to detain close to 400,000 immigrants, despite the availability of far more cost effective alternatives to detention. ATDs achieve the government’s immigration goals without the enormous human toll of detention.