Last Friday evening, August 21, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the government should generally release children from detention within five days after apprehension. Judge Gee further held that children must not only be released within five days, but they should be released to a parent. She gave the government until October 23, 2015 to implement her ruling.
This ruling came following much anticipation after Judge Gee expressed shock in a decision in July over the government’s treatment of detained children. In her July decision, Judge Gee held that the government violated the terms of the “Flores Settlement.” The Flores Settlement provided specific guidelines and regulations to ensure proper care and protection for children in detention facilities. In that ruling, Judge Gee also gave the government a deadline by which it had to amend its detention policies pertaining to children.
The government failed, in many ways, to implement Judge Gee’s July decision. It remains to be seen whether Friday’s ruling will be properly implemented by October.
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