Protecting immigrant inmates


KIMT News 3 – A study on jail assaults shows a growing number of people being held on immigration charges are targeted for assaults while in custody.

The study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union shows that more than 200 allegations have been made in jails around the country where those being held for immigration violations, are assaulted while in the general population.

In Minnesota, the Sherburne County Jail is in the works of separating immigration hold suspects to protect them.

“Whether it’s a five bed facility or a 1,600 bed facility, that is the classification that they tried to set up. Where is the best place to keep these people? Each one of the jails has a responsibility to keep prisoners safe,” said Delbert Longley, Chief Jail Inspector.

There is an ongoing investigation for the Sherburne County jail as they decide if any jailer’s actions or in-actions contributed to the assaults there.

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