OPSO Continues to honor ICE holds for more serious offenses
Following is a statement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman regarding Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers:
"After a thorough review, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has established a policy to cooperate with ICE provided specific procedures are followed. This policy is consistent with the December 2012 consent decree, provisions of which the Sheriff's Office is implementing at little to no cost to taxpayers.
"The policy defines a voluntary ICE detainer request as any request -- including a 48-hour hold – which seeks 'continued detention of an inmate beyond expiration of municipal, state or federal charges, or a find¬ing of no probable cause, or a posting of bail or parole, or a completion of a sentence, or lifting of another jurisdiction or agency's de¬tainer, or a court ordered release.' Under the policy, ICE criminal warrants, or any court or¬der for continued detention shall not be con¬sidered voluntary ICE detainer requests.
"The Sheriff's Office shall decline all voluntary ICE detainer requests except if an individual is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, or armed robbery involving a firearm.
"Sheriff's Office officials shall not initiate any immigration sta¬tus investigation into any individual in OPSO custody.
"Another provision of the policy cover procedures ICE agents must follow prior to any interview pertaining to an ICE investigation. The final provision covers the procedure for handling complaints.
"OPSO in 2012 held 192 inmates on ICE detainers of which 172 inmates were released to ICE. The total number of days billed to the City of New Orleans in 2012 was 227 days. As a result, the city was only billed $5.082.52 for ICE detainers in 2012."