Friday, March 26, 2010

Deaths in Immigration Detention

For years, those who died in immigration detention went unnamed and uncounted. But behind the scenes, the deaths generated thousands of pages of government documents, including critical investigative reports that were kept under wraps, and a trail of confidential memos and BlackBerry messages that showed officials working to stymie outside inquiry. Here are a few of the records obtained over recent months by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act. They relate mostly to two of the 107 deaths in detention counted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October 2003. To see The Times's annotations on key passages and explanations of acronyms, click on the yellow dialogue boxes that appear on selected pages. - Nina Bernstein

A link to the original documents without commentary: click here.

The Times' annotations on key passages: click here.

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