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Voice of San Diego
October 10, 2018

Majority of Immigrant Detainees in San Diego Donít Have Criminal Convictions, Data Shows
By Maya Srikrishnan


More than half of individuals in Immigration and Customs Detention nationwide and in San Diego County donít have criminal convictions, according to new data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research entity at Syracuse University. TRAC obtained records for more than 44,000 individuals being held in detention facilities by ICE across the country on June 30. The analysis paints a picture of who the agency has been detaining. ICE press releases of immigrant arrests constantly characterize those arrested as dangerous. But TRACís data finds that 58 percent of individuals in custody had no criminal record. In San Diego County, 563 of 959 people in ICE custody, or 59 percent, have no criminal conviction, according to the data. Another 9 percent have misdemeanor convictions for illegal entry or driving under the influence Ė the two most common criminal convictions of detainees in the county.


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