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Committee to cross-examine reforms to immigration detention proposals

18 October 2018

The Home Office has outlined its proposed reforms to the immigration detention in a special report which responds to the Joint Committee on Human Right's report on Windrush Detention published earlier this year.

Wrongful detentions are systematic failures

Harriet Harman MP, Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights commented:

“The wrongful detention of Anthony Bryan and Paulette Wilson were not simply ‘mistakes' but systemic failures in the system, so the apologies to them from the Home Office in this response to our report were necessary.
 
Our Committee will closely examine the Government's outlined proposed reforms to the immigration detention system during our upcoming inquiry. For example, we'll look at the piloting of an automatic bail referral system after two months and the idea of increasing the size and scope of the system for checking detention decisions, and whether these (amongst the other proposals) go far enough to addressing the current problems in the system.
 
We will also examine the case for time limits on immigration detention and, if time limits are appropriate, how this should work in practice when we examine the evidence in coming weeks.”

Send us your views

As part of this inquiry on immigration detention, which is due to begin public sessions at the end of October, the Committee has called for evidence on the capacity of the system to deal with EU nationals. More information here.

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