Since 2004, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) have heavily relied on alternatives to detention (“ATDs”) to monitor individuals on the non-detained docket in attempts to decrease the use of immigrant detention and ensure appearances in legal proceedings. Commonly utilized ATDs include ankle monitors, SmartLINK (tracking/surveillance application), or voice reporting systems.[ As studies show the harmful effects of ATDs, it is proven that ATDs are no more effective at ensuring appearances than community-based support services.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on February 9, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Schmitt, Calli, "The Reality of America’s Inhumane Alternatives to Detention Program" (2022). ERSJ Blog. 19.