Foreign detention

December 27, 2012

 ImmigrationProf Blog – Savitri Taylor
Immigration Article of the Day: Exporting Detention: Australian Funded Immigration Detention in Indonesia

The author is a US lawyer specializing in immigration issues.  She has discovered that Australia funds Indonesia in significant amounts to detain people trying to flee Indonesia for Australia.–3.html

The Cap Times (Milwaukee, WI) – Rev. Lauma Zusevics – $2 billion to detain immigrants? Not a good move

Zusevics, a Milwaukee pastor and president of Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, met a mother separated from her children and one of 34,000 locked in immigration detention.  “Before this visit,” he says, “I did not know that detention had become an industry. Detainees like the mother I met end up in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s countrywide network of 260 federal, private, state and local jails. The intake could be called indiscriminate: Those detained include refugees, asylum seekers, or survivors of torture or human trafficking. Record numbers of these detainees are being deported.”  

 Kitchener-Waterloo Record:  Paige Desmond
Regional budget chief wants funding for program combating gangs

A local program with considerable success called inReach will lose its federal funding in March.  Hoping to find interim funding to allow pursuit of alternate funds to keep the program alive, Executive Director Christiane Sadeler,has turned to Counsellor Tom Galloway, who chairs the budget committee, and said he will ask fellow councillors to back his proposal to help the organization.  “I’ve seen firsthand the amounts of money that we pour into police services — and for good reason in most cases — but the payback on crime prevention through social development is about $7 for every dollar you spend,” said Galloway, who also chairs the police services board and is a member of the crime prevention council.–regional-budget-chief-wants-funding-for-program-combatting-gangs

 RJ for all (UK) – P McKenna
New pan-European restorative justice project launched at the Ministry of Justice

On 13 December the new pan-European project for safeguarding victims was launched by Jeremy Wright MP, Justice Minister, and Dr Theo Gavrielides, founder and director of IARS. Promoting a user-led approach, Jeremy Wright stressed that “victims must be able to have access to restorative justice when they want it and when they are ready for it”.

Thomson Reuters (NY) – Jessica Dye
Plan to help mentally ill defendants launched by NY mayor

Facing an increase in mentally ill defendants in criminal court – about 36% of those charged – NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants alternatives to incarceration or bail.  “If more New Yorkers who need mental health care and community support can be helped to get their lives on track when they’ve run afoul of the law, we will all be better off,” Bloomberg said. “No one needs to be reminded any more of just how important it is to get this group of people the care they need.”

 Augusta (VI) Free Press –
Howard Zehr shifts to leading role in new Restorative Justice Institute

“Howard Zehr, widely known as the “grandfather of restorative justice,” will step aside from his teaching role at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) after the spring 2013 semester and begin co-leading the newly established Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice.”