Immigrant Shackling in Court Draws Lawsuit From ACLU


The American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) filed a lawsuit in the name of four plaintiffs on behalf of behalf of four all current and future adult immigration detainees who could be subjected to being bound for hours without a stated cause in an effort to bring an end to the discriminatory practice.

According to Dan Macallair, director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) in San Francisco, shackling undocumented detainees in the same way as violent criminals could cause a disparity between their treatment and that of others arrested for nonviolent infractions. The detainees often must to sit four to a bench and remain bound to each other throughout the court proceedings. While sitting bound, they are limited in movements and the restraints prevent simple tasks, such as taking notes during the proceeding.

The article entitled: ACLU Sues ICE for Shackling Immigrants in Court was written by Brittney Barsotti and can be found on