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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Alternatives to Detention

The major purpose of the research project is to explore the available alternatives to detention and determine the effectiveness of these programs when dealing with illegal aliens. The project is designed to survey Deportation Officers who use various alternatives to detention or have a basic working knowledge of alternatives to detention about their thoughts on current programs being used. Respondents feel strongly about global positioning systems compared to radio frequency and electronic monitoring while the home and office visits are at the highest neutral level of all the alternatives. The respondents are presented with alternatives currently being used by other countries and nearly all respondents disagree with the alternatives that are being presented. The least favorable alternative being used by another country is the issuing of temporary stay visas with the majority of the population in strong disagreement with this alternative. Existing programs that are being used nationwide are similar to those being used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The research concludes that deportation officers do not support or agree with the programs currently being used. The research indicates that deportation officers agree that the decision to release an alien should be strictly based on the merits of the case which is not how the decision to release an alien is currently being made. There is little agreement on the other alternatives being used in other countries. The survey responses reveal a lack of support for alternatives to detention and warrant further research of the topic.

Presenter: Danielle Harrington (Keuka College) -- dharring@keuka.edu
Topic: Criminal Justice - Panel
Location: 215 Hartwell
Time: 10:30 am (Session II)