Mon August 1, 2011
Fronteras Mentally Ill Immigration Detainees Lost In System
By Ruxandra Guidi
Albuquerque, New Mexico –
There are almost 40-thousand people in immigration detention around the country on any given day and about 15 percent suffer from mental illness-that's the same percentage seen in the wider prison population. However, unlike in federal or state prisons, there's little oversight or regulation of medical treatment in immigrant detention facilities. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that's led to some people being lost in the system.