Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton plans to change his detention policy to release undocumented immigrants that are jailed for nonviolent misdemeanor crimes.
Staton has been drafting the change for the last several months with Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen. The new policy is a sharp turn from the current practice of holding undocumented immigrants requested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency requests that some immigrants be held for deportation even after their original booking charges have been cleared.
Cogen said the new policy could potentially save the county millions of dollars, as it would free up jail beds for inmates accused of felonies or violent crimes.
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