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California sheriff turning inmates over to ICE in violation of state rules, lawsuit says


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The Washington Examiner

Elizabeth Faddis, Breaking News Reporter

November 17, 2021

A California sheriff has been hit with a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union after he allegedly violated state law by turning inmates over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Sacramento resident Misael Echeveste and two nonprofit organizations, Norcal Resist and United Latinos, are seeking compliance from Sheriff Scott Jones in accordance with Senate Bill 54 and the TRUTH Act, as well as monetary compensation from Jones in the form of attorneys fees and other court costs. The plaintiffs are also seeking an injunction from the California superior court against the defendants to ensure that violations against SB 54 and the TRUTH Act don't happen again, according to the lawsuit filed Monday by the ACLU .

"Jones has long championed cooperation with ICE and fiercely opposed SB 54 and similar laws," the lawsuit says, alleging Jones and his office went around the legislation in order to notify ICE of the release of inmates and to transfer the inmates into the custody of immigration officials.


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