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The Press Democrat: Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office still notifying ICE on inmates

May 10, 2017

On Friday morning, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office decided not to press felony domestic battery charges against a 32-year-old undocumented immigrant with no prior arrests in the county.

Legal processors at the Sonoma County Jail informed Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents the inmate would be released at 2:45 p.m.

But if ICE came then to pick up the man, it was too late. He left the jail before 1 p.m.

Why was ICE notified of an undocumented immigrant against whom misdemeanor charges were dropped, if on May 1 Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas announced he was limiting his office’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities to individuals convicted of serious and violent felonies outlined in the Trust Act, plus 18 other offenses?

The answer is, new computer software that will automatically determine if an undocumented person in custody qualifies for Trust Act protection won’t come online until July 1. The Trust Act, passed in late 2013, prohibits California jails from detaining inmates for noncriminal holds requested by ICE, except in cases of serious and violent felonies.

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