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01/29/2018

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Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Board upholds current ICE notification policy

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – At its Thursday meeting, members of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ) Board voted to uphold current jail policy to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) up to 48 hours in advance of an alien’s release from local custody.

This permits ICE personnel time to determine deportability and administratively arrest those in violation of U.S. immigration law upon release from ACRJ custody. Doing so prevents criminal aliens’ release.

“Plain and simple, the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Board’s decision is in the interest public safety,” said Washington D.C. Enforcement and Removal Operations Field Office Director Russell Hott. “Notification to ICE prior to a criminal alien’s release presents the lowest possible risk to our local neighborhoods and communities and their residents.”

The notification does not require the ACRJ to detain individuals beyond their scheduled release dates.

Though ICE will not exempt classes or categories of aliens not lawfully present in the Unites States from potential enforcement, the agency continues to uphold its public safety mission in targeting those who present a threat to our collective security.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/30/2018