Jerome Phelps
Jerome Phelps has been working with people in immigration detention since 2003. Initially the only staff member, he has led Detention Action to take on a national role in challenging immigration detention. He has written or co-written Detention Action’s three influential reports: Detained Lives (2009) and No Return No Release No Reason (2011) on indefinite detention, and Fast Track to Despair (2012) on the Detained Fast Track asylum process. He has played a leading role in Detention Action’s national campaigns on these issues. Jerome has written on detention issues for a variety of publications. He is the Western Europe representative of the International Detention Coalition.

Entries by Jerome Phelps

End of the Line for the Detention of Asylum Seekers

(10) Comments | Posted 31 July 2015 | (01:00)

Yesterday's Court of Appeal judgment ought to be the end of the line for the systematic incarceration of asylum-seekers in the UK.

For the fifth time, the British courts have concluded that the Detained Fast Track asylum process is operating unlawfully. Two years of...

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The High Court and the Unfair Detention of Asylum Seekers

(0) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (14:55)

On Wednesday, the High Court gave judgment in a legal challenge brought by my organisation, Detention Action. We were challenging the Home Office's policy of detaining asylum-seekers on the Detained Fast Track. The High Court found that the Fast Track as it operates is...

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Point of No Return

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (00:00)

In a few days, the ordeal will be over for one group of people designated as problems by the Home Office, without trial. Seven of the eight people subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims), the successor measures to control orders, will no longer have to live with the...

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Farewell, Racist Van

(0) Comments | Posted 23 August 2013 | (16:32)

So farewell then, racist van. You had your week of spreading fear, loathing and community tension in six London boroughs on behalf of the Home Office, with your message that migrants here illegally should go home or face arrest. Your peculiarly crass evocation of a long British tradition...

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Even in Guantanamo They Have Lawyers

(4) Comments | Posted 10 May 2013 | (12:46)

I remember when Nigel Farage was a clown. How we laughed before last election day when his Ukip banner caused him to crash his light aircraft. No-one is laughing now.

Ukip won no seats at that election, of course. Just as they have won no seats since. Yet this week's...

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New Legal Challenge to End the Detention of Asylum-Seekers

(1) Comments | Posted 29 April 2013 | (18:11)

There is a pause in the conversation, and my heart sinks, for the fifth time today. Across from me, Irfan rubs his hands together anxiously. I feel my face forming back into an expression of helpless sympathy, and hear myself say, "I see, you're on the Fast Track..."

We are...

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