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Maine sheriff won’t detain inmates longer for immigration agents

PORTLAND, Maine — The Cumberland County Jail will no longer hold inmates beyond their release date at the request of federal immigration agents, becoming the first facility in Maine to end the controversial practice.

The policy change comes as President Donald Trump’s administration has ramped up immigration arrests throughout New England and begun using aggressive enforcement tactics not previously seen in Maine.

In Sept. 14 letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s South Portland office, Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce wrote that his department would no longer honor the agency’s requests to hold people beyond their scheduled release dates.

These requests, known as detainers, place jails in precarious situations. Although frequently made by ICE, federal courts have ruled that the requests do not carry the force of law. And in several wrongful imprisonment suits, sheriffs have had to pay tens of thousands of dollars for honoring them.

Holding someone who could make bail just because ICE asked them to “could violate the individual’s Fourth Amendment right and we could ultimately be sued for false imprisonment,” Joyce said.

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From the archives: “THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HATH MADE…..” – BOB WIRE, – Maine Correctional Center, June 27, 2011

“This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” Well actually it is the day that the commissioner of the DOC is supposed to be at Maine Correctional Center (MCC) is shaking in their britches… Why all the fear and trembling among the staff you ask?

Well it seems his holiness the “Commissioner of Ponte” has been wielding his ax at the State prison like he has been farming in South America; using the old Brazilian Jungle slash and burn technique. Yes, it is true, his holiness Ponte axed nine people according to news reports and that has people here at MCC feeling less than secure (to say the least…)

The funny thing is that here at MCC the inmate population has been saying the axe was going to fly for months and three MCC organizations conducted an unofficial poll and came up with their picks for the “Heads Will Roll” axing.

The three groups are the Windham National Association Against Cruelty to Prisoners (WNAACP,) the Club the Easter Seals Foundation (CESF) and Gay Maine (the MCC Chapter.) This is how the polling fell out. At the top of the list was that CO who likes to pass out all the extra food to inmates (as the inmates; CAW, CAW.)

According to their press release the WNAACP said if that CO does not know how potential dangerous (Thru the spreading of disease) it is to have 20, 30, or 40 inmates with nasty filthy hands dipping in buckets of food and then passing it out, he does not deserve to be employed. Next on the list was quiet a surprise to many people. The second chosen to be canned was the “Red Headed Dorm Dad” because (and I quote 🙂 “He has lied to the inmates so many times that any capital he had to spend on credibility was gone years ago…”

That’s it, the top two picked by the people who pick people here at MCC… There was one individual who just squeezed out of the “big two” and that was someone named Henry (Quoting once again 🙂“he’s useless…”

Well that it from ole’ Bob Wire for now… Stay tuned, because this story is not going away anytime soon….

 

bob

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