On 1 October, KRH submitted evidence to the Enquiry. Read the submission KRH Enquiry Submission pdf. The blog below, was also submitted in evidence.
My name is Henry, aged 53, and though of Nigerian and Sierra Leonean mixed parentage, I have spent the last 31 years of my life in the United Kingdom. I have a British wife, and two sons who were born here. I was arrested and detained since the beginning of Feb 2014 despite not having defaulted on anything for four years. I am considered a ‘risk to society’ by the Home Office because of a non-violent crime I committed, and served prison time for, 17 years ago. I have been detained in Haslar Immigration Removal Centre since March...
If you are a UK citizen in good standing, and feel able to give someone in detention an urgently-needed vote of confidence at an extremely difficult moment in their lives, please, please get in touch! For more information, see "Surety".
Inside Immigration Detention
A new book by Mary Bosworth on immigration detention, exposing its isolating and dehumanising effects, has just been published. Read a review here.
Kent Refugee Help (KRH) is a small charity supporting immigration detainees held in Dover Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC) and in Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP) Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Elmley.
Refugees in Prison is a pilot project helping foreign prisoners held under immigration powers
in Kent and London prisons. Immigration detainees are held in about 80 prisons across the UK. The conditions are even more restricted than in Immigration Removal Centres and prisoners can feel isolated and become depressed as there no time limit on their detention which can continue long after completion of their sentence.
Kent Refugee Help assists prisoners in obtaining their release. We provide holistic support through telephone contact, written corespondence, social and legal visits. We can where possible make legal referrals and will support and advise the families and friends of prisoners in standing surety for immigration bail. We are also working to find sureties in local communities. We hope to continue this important work after the pilot is finished.
Posted 2 March, 2015
Parliamentarians call for a 28 day maximum time limit on immigration detention to be introduced.
A cross-party group of MPs and Peers has recommended that the next government should introduce a maximum time limit of 28 days on the length of time anyone can be detained in immigration detention. The call comes in a report published today following a joint inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK by the APPG on Refugees and the APPG on Migration.
The panel, which included a former Cabinet Minister, a former Chief Inspector of Prisons, and a former law lord, considered evidence over 8 months, and three panel members visited the Swedish Migration Board to discuss with o!cials and parliamentarians the role detention plays in the Swedish immigration system.
The inquiry panel conclude that the enforcement-focused culture of the Home Office means that offcial guidance, which states that detention should be used sparingly and for the shortest possible time, is not be- ing followed, resulting in too many instances of unnecessary detention. Read more