FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2017


Travis County Weekly Averages for Declined ICE Detainers
Much Lower than Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017 Data Implies


In a report released March 20, 2017 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement titled “Enforcement and Removal Operations, Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report for Recorded Declined Detainers Jan.28 – Feb. 3, 2017”, the Travis County Jail was represented to have declined detainers on 128 inmates.


Our agency’s new ICE policy went into effect February 1, 2017. On that date, we not only applied the policy to new and subsequent arrestees, we also re-assessed the detainer requests on all inmates in our custody at that time, some of whom had been there for many months. If their charges or prior convictions noted through criminal history check did not qualify for us to honor the detainer request under the new policy, we refused those detainers on that date.


It has been widely reported that the inmates with declined detainers were released back into the community that week. Inmates are in our custody as a result of criminal charges and no inmate is released until he/she has posted bond or until a judge has disposed of his/her charges. It is possible that persons on the Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017 declined detainer list may still be in our custody, may be in ICE custody as the result of a warrant we received from them or may have been released on bond.


In the weeks that followed the implementation of our new policy, the number of declined detainer requests quite logically, decreased significantly. Those numbers are provided below:

3 21 2017 Travis County Weekly Averages for Declined ICE Detainers

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Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 318-5669

 

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