UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration came with a mandate to hold jails across the country accountable if they don’t comply with federal laws regarding detained undocumented workers.
On Monday, the office of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released its first Declined Detainer Outcome Report.
The report lists corrections facilities nationwide that failed to hold undocumented offenders once their sentence was served.
The report said both Montgomery and Prince George’s County declined to detain one offender each the week of January 28 - February 3. In both cases, the offender was a Salvadorian serving time for assault.
According to the report, both people should have been detained for ICE officers rather than released from jail.
Nationwide, dozens of jails were cited in the report for similar incidents including one county that released close to 150 people from jail.
Yolonda Smedley, a spokeswoman for the Prince George's County Department of Corrections, said since 2014 the county has followed the advice given by the Maryland Attorney General advising against holding anyone beyond their release date unless the department is in possession of a warrant signed by a judge. She added that the policy helps the county 'avoid potential liability.'
Smedley said the department wouldn't know an inmate's legal status or nationality because it's not something that officers would ask of someone serving time in jail.