October 8, 2013 - Doyle will keep cooperating with ICE

“Last year, when an earlier version of the bill was discussed, Doyle said he would likely ignore such a state law. ‘Trust me, if there was a way for me to get around this, I would. Previously I thought there was,’ Doyle said Tuesday” (October 8, 2013). “The sheriff, however, said the law will not discourage him from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

October 8, 2013 – Marin IJ: “Marin sheriff will abide by Trust Act, but remains opposed”

March 22, 2017 - Marin okays ICE interviews without counsel

“Doyle writes that the jail allows immigration officers access to interview inmates, even without legal representation. Neither federal nor state law requires such access. While his policy requires inmates to be notified about their right to refuse to talk to ICE agents, it does not afford them the opportunity to consult with an attorney before agreeing to an interview. In fact, many inmates report that they do not even receive the written notice required by the TRUTH Act.”

March 22, 2017 – Pt Reyes Light: “Sheriff could better protect immigrants”

May 30, 2017 - Doyle resists bill to curb ICE cooperation

“The California State Sheriffs Association and Sheriff Doyle, who serves on the association’s legislative committee, oppose the bill (SB54) principally because it would prevent communication or cooperation with ICE for some crimes they consider serious. … Doyle said if ICE requests the release date of an inmate at the county jail his department will give it to the agency regardless of the charge against the undocumented immigrant. … When Doyle made his case to county supervisors in early May, he said ICE had requested to speak to 42 county jail inmates and only two had granted an interview. Doyle said 25 of those inmates had since been released from jail and 18 were picked up by ICE.”

May 30, 2017 – Marin IJ: “Marin sheriff resists state bill to curb ICE”

January 12, 2018 - ICE uses Marin County jail office space

Email from Lieutenant Jesse Kling to Jail Staff (released via CPRA)

“Agent Grasso or other ICE agents will continue to be allowed to make their arrest in our booking area just like any other agency. … ICE agents may continue to use office space in our facility, such as the bail window space, as it is not exclusively dedicated for immigration authorities to use. … Whether we provide ICE agents this information when they are in booking or when they call is irrelevant as we would release the same information to the public.”

SB 54 Prohibits state and local law enforcement from allowing federal immigration authorities to use space in their facilities.

February 28, 2018 - Marin inmates released directly to ICE

Email from Lieutenant Jesse Kling to Jail Staff (released via CPRA) Item 4. Releases when ICE notifications are in place:

c. “If ICE is at the MCJ (Marin County Jail) prior to the release time the inmate will be released to ICE.”

May 24, 2018 - Marin honors 90% of ICE info requests

“If U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tells Marin County it wants to take custody of an inmate and requests the person’s release date, Doyle’s deputies comply if such a date exists. And if ICE officers show up to the San Rafael jail to take the inmate, they are brought to a private area for the transfer. … Sheriff Doyle’s office points to a carve-out in the law: Counties can notify ICE about an inmate if the county makes the same information ‘available to the public.’ …From the beginning of the year to May 1, ICE has asked for notification on 61 immigrant inmates in Marin County, and Doyle’s office has responded with release dates for all but six of them — or 90 percent of the requests. That’s a higher rate than nearby Alameda County, which said it had complied with 59 of 204 notification requests, 29 percent. ‘I just think as a general rule if you violate the law and you get arrested, you ought to be scrutinized by ICE,’ (Doyle) said. ‘That’s always been our policy.'”
[Note that inmates detained by ICE have served their lawful sentence and “repaid society for their crimes”]

May 24, 2018 – SF Chronicle: “Sanctuary split: While SF jail snubs ICE, Marin County does the opposite”

May 29, 2018 - ICE relies on local law enforcement

“Soon after SB 54 became law, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office began posting the release dates of all inmates on its website. The Chronicle story notes that Orange, Contra Costa and Alameda counties also began posting the information this year. … In February, Canal Alliance, a nonprofit serving San Rafael’s predominantly Latino neighborhood, issued a report on the Marin County Sheriff’s Office’s cooperation with ICE after obtaining documents under the California Public Records Act. The report stated that ‘the primary way that people find themselves in deportation proceedings is through contact with the local criminal system.'”

“The report determined that during 2015, 2016 and 2017 ICE submitted an average of 133 requests for release notifications to the Sheriff’s Office per year. The report did not supply any information on how many times the Sheriff’s Office complied. On Tuesday, (May 29, 2018) Doyle said ICE took 65 to 67 former Marin County inmates into custody in 2017.”

May 29, 2018 – Marin IJ: “Cooperation with ICE puts Marin County sheriff on defensive”

June 12, 2018 - Sheriff Doyle helps ICE whenever possible

Marin County Human Rights Commission Meeting:

Asked “Where action is based on a Sheriff’s discretion in SB54, does he give benefit to ICE or to inmates?”

Sheriff Doyle said he always gives benefit to ICE. He further confirmed that ICE is allowed into the jail for inmate transfers and that he notifies ICE directly of inmate release dates via their Detainer request form.

How has SB54, the California Values Act, impacted inmates at the Marin County jail?


The Marin County Sheriff’s Office allows ICE to take custody of a released inmate in the Marin County jail booking area as soon as release occurs.

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The first step in our campaign to get ICE out of Marin was to request that the Board of Supervisors schedule a TRUTH Act Community Forum to publicly acknowledge the various ways in which the Marin County Sheriff’s Office assists ICE with deporting Marin residents.

The Board of Supervisors agreed, and Marin County’s first TRUTH Act Community Forum was held on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

As we move into the next phase of our campaign to dismantle the Marin-to-ICE pipeline, we’d love to hear your comments and suggestions.