Immigrant Families Behind Bars: Technology Setting Them Free

Jennifer Blasco · 19 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. 3

Abstract

In July of 2015, Judge Dolly Gee from the US District Court for the Central District of California ordered that all immigrant women and children currently detained in a federal family detention facility be released immediately. She described the conditions of these detention centers as “deplorable” and stated that detention of these women and children directly violated the 1997 Flores Agreement. However, the practice of immigrant family detention remains alive and well in this country. Why? This Note provides an answer to this question and proposes a cost-effective and more efficient solution to the problem: electronic monitoring.