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More immigrant detainees being sent to Albany Co. Jail

Nov 14, 2018 12:30 pm
Mallory Moench is reporting for the Times Union the flow of migrants into the Albany County Jail continues. More than 50 people from the southern U.S. border have arrived at the jail in the past month, although many of the estimated 300 people transferred this summer have been shifted to Batavia Federal Detention Facility near Buffalo. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said the jail received approximately 20 immigrant detainees in mid-October and 32 more on November 2. The jail currently holds 178 immigrant detainees, 86 who were originally transferred from the southern border. The other 210 individuals who crossed the southern border were transferred to Batavia or released, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Apple said he has room for another 100 immigrants at the facility, but does not want to overload a small band of volunteer attorneys who are offering free legal representation. Apple is unique among jail administrators because he gives lawyers open access to the facility and to detainees. Read the full story in the Times Union.