U.S. officials decided not to transfer control of Parwan Detention Center near Bagram Airfield in January 2012, stating that Afghanistan’s justice system remains too weak.

Although the facility has long been criticized for detaining suspected insurgents without trial, and has been seen by Afghans “as a sign of imperial overreach,” the number of detainees has tripled over the last few years and U.S. officials are concerned that many Taliban insurgents will “slip through the cracks of an undeveloped legal system” if power is pre-maturely transfered to Afghan officials.

The transfer of authority over this prison was supposed to be part of a broad transition of power over to Afghan officials; but now the U.S. will retain authority over the prison until 2014, when all foreign troops are set to leave Afghanistan.

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