Placer Sheriff counts 71 ICE jail requests

This year’s total slightly up from 2017
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The Placer County Sheriff’s Office fielded 71 requests in 2017 from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for release information on jail inmates living in the country illegally and being investigated for possible deportation.

And the Sheriff’s Office declined to notify ICE in 70 of those cases.

The Sheriff’s Office shared that information Tuesday during a state-mandated community forum with the Board of Supervisors.

Part of the California Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act, the annual forum became a requirement for local law enforcement this year if it had provided ICE with access to anyone in the preceding year.

Sheriff’s Capt. David Powers told the board that Placer County’s jail system has been minimally impacted compared to other counties and that information would be released if an inmate has a qualifying conviction.

The lone inmate who qualified for notification in 2017 was also transferred into ICE custody, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

There were two requests to interview an inmate by ICE, with one of the inmates agreeing to the interview.

On the question of whether the county Sheriff’s Office provides information on dates and times of probation or parole check-ins, Powers reported that the information is not known to the jail and is not something the Sheriff’s Office tracks. Instead, it’s the responsibility of probation and parole officers.

The Sheriff’s Office also does not provide ICE with information on release dates, home addresses or work addresses of inmates in the U.S. illegally.

“The non-publicly available information regarding work and home addresses was not tracked and was not part of the law until passing the Values Act,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “Due to the Values Act, the jail does not release or provide this information to ICE.”

Powers said numbers this year compared to 2017 are “slightly higher” for transfers and requests — “but not by much.”

Powers added that ICE investigators do get directed to any information that is available to the public.

“But we don’t call them,” he said.