Coronavirus behind bars: Lawsuits ask high court to stop transfers from California prisons to ICE detention centers [San Francisco Chronicle]

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Published: Apr 29, 2020
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94% " Visit the San Francisco Chronicle at www.sfchronicle.com""
90% "Apr. 27-Immigrant advocates say migrants held in jails and prisons in California who are eligible for release are instead being shipped to dangerously overcrowded ..."
89% "It's time for the highest officials in the state to step to their responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us, said the American ..."
85% "He was later released by a court order.""
79% "About 4,000 immigrants awaiting hearings in deportation and asylum cases are held in five ICE facilities in California, four of them owned by private ..."
74% "California sought to limit transfers of inmates to immigration custody in 2018 with a sanctuary law that limited law enforcement cooperation with ICE agents ..."
68% "This administration has been clear on our stance against abuses in immigration detention centers, said Newsom's press secretary, Vicky Waters.""
64% "They asked the court to issue an order by next Monday prohibiting county jails and state prisons in California from transferring any inmates to ..."

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94% : " Visit the San Francisco Chronicle at www.sfchronicle.com
90% : Apr. 27-Immigrant advocates say migrants held in jails and prisons in California who are eligible for release are instead being shipped to dangerously overcrowded federal detention centers overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
89% : "It's time for the highest officials in the state to step to their responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us," said the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, a participant in both suits.
85% : "We call on the Department of Homeland Security to use the administrative discretion it has under federal law to work with public health authorities to implement appropriate actions to protect individuals in its custody, staff and local communities."
85% : Only one California facility, Otay Mesa in San Diego, reported any cases, with 57 among inmates and eight among staff.
85% : He was later released by a court order.
79% : About 4,000 immigrants awaiting hearings in deportation and asylum cases are held in five ICE facilities in California, four of them owned by private contractors.
74% : California sought to limit transfers of inmates to immigration custody in 2018 with a sanctuary law that limited law enforcement cooperation with ICE agents and prohibited jails and prisons from holding inmates beyond the end of their sentences for transfer to immigration custody.
68% : "This administration has been clear on our stance against abuses in immigration detention centers," said Newsom's press secretary, Vicky Waters.
64% : They asked the court to issue an order by next Monday prohibiting county jails and state prisons in California from transferring any inmates to ICE detention during the coronavirus pandemic.
63% : Some of the same legal groups filed another suit late Friday asking the state's high court to order county jails and juvenile detention facilities to release enough inmates -- a substantial but unspecified number -- to create safe conditions, with recommended distancing, for those who are still locked up.
60% : Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment.
59% : The immigration suit seeks court orders directing Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop state prisons from transferring inmates to ICE when they become eligible for release, and directing Attorney General Xavier Becerra to issue similar orders to county sheriffs who run the jails.
56% : The state outlawed new private prison contracts in a law that took effect this year, but ICE sidestepped the law by renewing each contract last year.
56% : According to the ICE website, there have been 317 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates at its detention facilities nationwide and 35 among staff.
54% : At Otay Mesa, where detainees "must often stand in line just inches apart" while waiting for meals, the suit said, guards told detainees on April 10 that they would receive masks only if they signed waivers releasing the contractor, CoreCivic, from any legal responsibility for COVID-19.
53% : Jails are already freeing thousands of pretrial detainees without bail under orders from state judicial leaders, but the suit said the orders are being defied in some counties and do not go far enough to protect inmates and staff.
52% : The ACLU lawsuit said the actual number of cases is "undoubtedly far higher" and that ICE is not testing many inmates for the virus or providing masks and other protective equipment to either detainees or staff.
51% : And some local officials are spurning the state Judicial Council's order to release inmates without bail before trial unless they are charged with serious or violent crimes.
38% : Sheriff Chad Bianco of Riverside County, where at least 80 jail inmates and 55 staff have tested positive for COVID-19, said April 2 in response to the order, "If you don't want to get this virus while in custody, don't break the law.
35% : And a few weeks ago, the suit said, Kelvin Hernandez Roman was coughing and suffering a fever and body aches at ICE's Adelanto facility in San Bernardino County, but staff refused to refer him for medical treatment or test him for the coronavirus.
34% : They are urging the state Supreme Court to step in. "ICE's abject failure to protect the lives of people in its custody from the deadly COVID-19 is inviting a calamity," advocacy groups said in a lawsuit filed Friday.
29% : ICE has reported no COVID-19 cases at Adelanto.
27% : But the ACLU said state prison and county jail officials, while complying with the law, routinely transfer inmates to ICE when they complete their sentences or are freed on bail.
24% : Becerra's office referred a reporter's inquiry to Newsom, who gave no indication that he would take such action on his own and instead pointed a finger at the Trump administration.

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