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Star Tribune
July 21, 2019

Pitch to expand immigrant detention in Sherburne County draws protests
By Maya Rao

Freeborn, Carver, Kandiyohi and Nobles counties also have contracts with ICE, but Sherburne County holds 71% of the agency’s detainees in Minnesota, according to records from December 2018. “I think people have sometimes a belief that the people that we’re housing haven’t committed any crime other than being here illegally, and it’s just not the case,” said Brott. Federal data compiled by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University shows that out of 307 inmates at the Sherburne County jail as of December 2018, 109 had no criminal conviction. But Brott said that of the 1,500 people detained overall on behalf of ICE for most of last year, three-quarters had previous criminal convictions, including 29 for criminal sexual conduct, 19 for kidnapping, 82 for assault, three for murder and 11 for manslaughter. Roughly half were from Mexico; the rest hailed from 85 different countries.

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