On March 20, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its first weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report. Required by the executive order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” the report is intended, in part, to identify sanctuary jurisdictions who choose not to comply with federal detainer requests. Within the report, the department identifies those jurisdictions with the highest volume of declined detainer requests, including some in
A detainer request is a written request by the federal government to a local jail or law enforcement
agency. The request asks a locality to detain a person who may be in the country unlawfully for an
additional 48 hours after his or her release date. Detainer requests are issued to provide federal
agents with extra time to decide whether to take the individual into federal custody for the purpose
of removing the person from the United States.
The March 20 report identifies:
• The specific facility that received and declined a detainer request;
• The date the detainer request was issued;
• The criminal activity associated with the subject of the detainer request.
This report will be updated and issued weekly, and is available for review on the department’s
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