NBC News @NBCNews The leading source of global news and info for more than 75 years. Jun. 15, 2019 1 min read

Happening now at #IRE19:

@lehrennbc joins @mariajpsl and @DanielConnolly to discuss immigration coverage and how immigration policies are playing out across the country.

.@lehrennbc discusses his @NBCNews report on a trove of government documents that shed light on the widespread use of solitary confinement for immigrant detainees in ICE custody under both the Obama and Trump admins.

Learn more:  https://nbcnews.to/30APDY0 

Half of the cases involved punishment for rule violations, @lehrennbc explains.

The other half were unrelated to disciplinary concerns — involving the mentally ill, the disabled, or others sent to solitary largely for what ICE described as safety reasons.  https://nbcnews.to/2Ij5OC8 

The data documented 8,488 cases of immigrant detainees placed in isolation over a 5-year period.

“Not every instance of people being put in solitary is recorded by ICE,” @lehrennbc said. #IRE19

WATCH: A government whistleblower discussed what she called widespread abuse, following the @NBCNews investigation.  https://nbcnews.to/2XNDQUt  #IRE19

At least 1 of every 200 detainees go into solitary confinement

“ICE puts people in detention in more than 200 facilities around the country,” @lehrennbc says. “There are many county jails in Nebraska and elsewhere where detainees are put” #IRE19

.@lehrennbc discusses coverage of a detainee death at a Nebraska facility:  https://nbcnews.to/2IurQAR 

“They put him in solitary and then did not give him his anti-seizure medication... It was as clear an example of a preventable death as there could be.” #IRE19

Sen. Blumenthal called on Congress to investigate the use of solitary confinement on immigrant detainees following @NBCNews' investigation  https://nbcnews.to/2QjKxKY  #IRE19

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