Prolonged Detention Stories is a joint project of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law, creating a platform for the stories of people who have been in immigration detention, educating the public about the case that could end prolonged detention and making accessible the brief that brought these stories to the attention of the Court.

Immigration detention is a form of prison. Any individual facing the possibility of deportation can be put in immigration detention—for months or even years—while they pursue their case to remain in the U.S. This includes lawful permanent residents (green card holders) who have lived in the U.S. most of their lives, asylum seekers and survivors of torture, including women and children, parents of young U.S. citizen children, elderly people, people with serious illnesses, and even U.S. citizens who are wrongly classified as non-citizens.

The Case

This term, the Supreme Court will have the rare opportunity to deliver a decision on the issue of immigrant detention. On October 3, 2017, the Court will hear re-arguments in the case, Jennings v. Rodriguez. Eventually, the Court determine whether the constitution requires the federal government to give mandatorily detained non-citizens a bond hearing after six months of detention. Without such hearings, non-citizens in deportation proceedings face a slim to nonexistent chance of release before the resolution of their cases.

The Brief