Immigrants facing possible deportation will have more opportunities to win release on bond under a decision Wednesday by a federal appeals court.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said immigrants housed in civil detention facilities must be given bond hearings every six months.
Judges who preside over those hearings should consider the length of time the immigrants have already served and alternatives to detention, such as electronic monitoring.
“Civil immigration detainees are treated much like criminals serving time,” Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote for the court. “They are typically housed in shared jail cells with no privacy and limited access to larger spaces or the outdoors.”
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