The report of the Parliamentary inquiry on detention

The first Parliamentary inquiry into the detention system as a whole has concluded that ‘we cannot go on as we are.’  The inquiry calls for a time limit of 28 days on immigration detention, finding the current system ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust.’

The inquiry’s report amounts to a forthright rejection of a focus on ‘tinkering’ to make detention less harmful.  It concludes that change must come as part of a ‘wholesale change in culture, towards community models of engagement and better caseworking and decision-making.’

The inquiry concluded that ‘the United Kingdom has a proud tradition of upholding justice and the right to liberty.  However, the continued use of indefinite detention puts this proud tradition at risk.’