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Report highlights overlong detention of women at Yarl’s Wood

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: May 20, 2012

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Women are still being held for too long at Yarl’s Wood, according to a recent report.

The annual inspection made by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Yarl’s Wood, Clapham, revealed that the majority of women are released within 30 days, but that a ‘worrying number’ are detained for longer periods. Published on the Ministry of Justice’s website the report also revealed that 16 women were kept at the centre for more than a year, while two individuals were kept for more than 900 days.

The IMB said: “The financial costs of this failure, as well as the costs in terms of human suffering, for people detained for lengthy indefinite periods, are immense.” The body is now calling for the Immigration Minister to review the policy of detaining pregnant woman, while it also hopes to set up a specific monitoring board to ‘oversee the removal of detainees on charter flights’.

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