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Lawsuits Challenging the Jailing of Immigrants Jump

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Figure 1. Habeas Corpus Filings in Federal District Court Challenging Confinement of Noncitizens

Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

Habeas corpus filings in federal courts challenging the confinement of noncitizens have risen sharply. The latest available data from the federal courts show that during January 2017 the government reported 168 new habeas corpus civil filings by noncitizens. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 24.4 percent over the previous month when the number of civil filings of this type totaled 135.

Table 1. Habeas Corpus - Noncitizen Detainee Civil Filings
Number Latest Month 168
Percent Change from previous month 24.4%
Percent Change from 1 year ago 57.7%
Percent Change from 5 years ago 76.0%
The comparisons of the number of civil filings for habeas corpus - noncitizen detainee-related suits are based on case-by-case court records which were compiled and analyzed by TRAC (see Table 1).

When monthly 2017 civil filings of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, their number was up (57.7%). Civil filings for January 2017 are also higher than they were for the same period five years ago. Overall, the data show that civil filings of this type are up 76.0 percent from levels reported in January 2012 (see Figure 1). The one-year and five-year change comparisons are based upon a six-month moving average so that natural fluctuations are smoothed out.


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Updated 03-01-2017 at 08:50 AM by MKolken

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