In the year up to 30 June 2012, 65% of people who applied for asylum had their initial application refused (10,922 people). As of 30 June 2012, 2,993 people were in immigration prisons solely under immigration powers (i.e. they had been accused of no crime). Many people are detained for short periods before being either released or deported (and some people have been detained and released repeatedly with no adequate explanation), while other are held for long periods – the longest as of 30 June had been detained for 1,540 days (4.2 years). These statistics mask a level of human suffering that is very difficult to grasp, and is totally unnecessary. It should force everyone to question what interests the British state is representing.