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Sheriff watchdog: agency was sharing inmate info with ICE

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An immigration detainee stands near an US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) grievance box in the high security unit at the Theo Lacy Facility, a county jail which also houses immigration detainees arrested by ICE, March 14, 2017 in Orange, California. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

A report released Monday from the independent watchdog agency for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department alleges the department has been allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to have access to information about soon-to-be-released inmates, despite the narrative given to members of the public that its interaction and cooperation with ICE was limited.

Los Angeles County Inspector General Max Huntsman’s office, which compiled the report for the Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Committee at the request of the County Board of Supervisors, says that ICE agents were seen communicating directly with LASD staff about inmates that were going to be released and that they got access to LASD’s inmate processing facility, which the IG’s office says gave them a continuous stream of information.

Sheriff McDonnell said in a letter to IG Huntsman that LASD’s statements suggesting the department does not provide ICE agents with lists of inmates being released were not accurate. He says that the information sharing has ceased since the release of the IG’s report.

AirTalk reached out to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, the Inspector General’s Office and the Civilian Oversight Commission, but none were able to provide someone for comment, though LASD did send us the below letter in response to the report:

Guest:

Joel Rubin, reporter for the L.A. Times covering federal courts and agencies; he tweets @joelrubin

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