Sheriff Jones cites the January 1, 2014 California Trust Act, which dictates law enforcement leaders not impose the 48 hour hold requested by federal immigration officials. The policy will avoid causing low risk offenders, going through the Sacramento Jail, to undergo the scrutiny of ICE. His main concern, though, is ensuring that victims of crime and others needing assistance know they can contact the Sacramento County Sheriff without fear of getting caught up in immigration proceedings. Undocumented individuals have always been concerned that involving law enforcement in their lives might lead to immigration problems. This latest switch in policy may well remove some of that fear.
I’m uncertain whether or not the new policy results in a cost savings to the Sheriff’s Office. At least on the surface, it would seem to avoid the costly housing issues the old policy presented.
Over the years, the Law Office of Denis White has represented a number of undocumented individuals going through the Sacramento Main Jail following their DUI arrests. My unanswered question is, whether those same undocumented individuals will have any difficulty if they are ordered to report to the sheriff for jail or work project following a DUI conviction. I’ll try to reach Sheriff Jones for an answer.