Friday, May 18, 2018

Move ICE Out of Sacramento Sheriff's Jail

 On Tues. May 22, 2018, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will be meeting. A group of persons working with The Step Up Coalition, the Sacramento Immigration Coalition, ACT, and more will introduce a resolution to oppose Sacramento Country from extending the current contract for the Sacramento jail to be used as a holding facility of ICE. 
If they cannot get a supervisor to introduce the legislation, it will be introduced during the public comment time. 

The current contract expires June 15, 2018.   The Sheriffs Dept. receives over $1,000,000 per year for this service.  There are substantial testimonies of abuse and neglect at the facility. 
Meanwhile, the Sheriff is up for re-election. Vote prior to June 5. 


On July 26, 2017 STEP UP Sacramento filed a “Public Records Act” request with Sacramento’s County Sheriff Department.  STEP UP received a response acknowledging receipt of the PRA within the 10 days as specified in law.  On October 5, STEP UP received a follow-up asking us to narrow the “scope of the request.”   A revised request was submitted.  On October 25. 2017 a response to the revised PRA was received.  It provided little or no information, redirecting us back to ICE. In most instances the response provided simply stated that “no responsive data was available.”

On November 28, 2017 STEP UP representatives met with Supervisor Kennedy to inform him of the lack of response from the Sheriff’s Office to our request for information  and to note our opposition to the renewal of the ICE contract. Supervisor Kennedy was also alerted to our plan to present testimony at an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting in advance of the ICE Contract renewal.

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