In the latest decision in what can only be described as a saga, the Ninth Circuit affirmed that bond hearings are mandatory when a non-citizen has been detained for at least six months.  Recognizing the harm of prolonged detention, the Court also mandated that the Immigration Courts provide bond hearings every six months to evaluate continued detention and empowered Immigration Judges to order the release of a non-citizen without requiring the posting of a bond.  This is wonderful decision - hats off to the fantastic litigators who have been working on prolonged detention issues for years!

The full text of Rodriguez v. Robbins can be found here: