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USA: Extradition

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the UK Mission to the US has made of facilities in US federal prisons to provide care for a person extradited from the UK who has acute Asperger’s syndrome and related clinical depression (a) during custody before trial, (b) after trial and before sentencing and (c) after sentencing; and if he will make a statement. (308318)

Before an individual is extradited to the United States, the US authorities may assess their medical and mental health (based on medical records) to help them identify the most suitable detention facility. An individual will also be assessed on arrival at the detention facility. During the period between extradition and sentencing, the detainee will remain under the care of the US Department of Justice. After sentencing, the individual will come under the authority of the US Bureau of Prisons who again will evaluate any individual medical needs in order to identify the most suitable detention facility.

Where appropriate we will consider seeking assurances from the US authorities that any individual’s medical needs will be taken into consideration.