The Sequester’s Impact on Sacramento County Jail

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US immigration officials say the sequester will force them to release low-level offenders in their custody, and that could have an impact on Sacramento.

Alison Pennington, an immigration attorney with the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, wonders why the immigrants were held in the first place. She says if those being detained by the government are not considered a risk to the public, they should have been released before the cuts became an issue.

“There are all these people that are remaining detained despite the fact that they’re non-violent. Then, when all the sudden there’s a budget issue, they’re released,” Pennington said.

In Sacramento, US immigration officials pay more than $150 a day to house immigrants placed in dentation. Advocates for undocumented immigrants are waiting to see if releasing low-level detainees becomes a trend in Sacramento.

The Asian Law Caucus is convinced the looming sequester led to the release of one of their clients earlier this week.

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