The Chicago Reporter flags a new study from the National Immigrant Justice Center which found that undocumented immigrants housed in detention centers, who are usually slated for deportation, face 23-hour solitary confinement for minor infractions such as having an extra blanket. Gay and transgendered individuals are also placed in solitary confinement simply because of their sexual orientation. These solitary confinement conditions are prevalent at two Illinois detention centers, McHenry County Jail and Tri-County Detention Center.
The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency says they have not reviewed this report, but are following through on detention reforms outlined in 2009. These include hiring detention managers "for ensuring appropriate conditions of custody."