Pittman says Anne Arundel will end immigration screening program, provide legal help for detainees – CapitalGazette.com

County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Thursday a formal end to the county’s 287(g) program, a program that had corrections officials checking inmates in county jails for immigration violations.

The announcement was widely expected after the program was suspended Dec. 4. But in a surprise move, Pittman said he would continue the county’s ICE detainee contract — a separate program from 287(g) at Ordnance Road Correctional Center — for humanitarian reasons and use some revenue from the program to pay for legal aid.

Detention Facilities Superintendent Terry Kokolis told staff to stop screening immigrants Dec. 4, one day after Pittman’s inauguration speech. The 287(g) program allows detention center officers to screen inmates and send immigration status information to U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement. ICE removed its computers shortly after that decision.

The detainment deal with ICE pays the county in exchange of holding up to 130 detainees at the correctional center in Glen Burnie. ICE pays $118 a day per detainee with a guaranteed $1.7 million.

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