The Cook County Board has dealt a blow to the Federal Government when it comes to requests to detain people in Cook County jail who are facing misdemeanor charges. The action by the Cook County Board follows a recent federal court case in which it was held that requests by the federal government to place immigration holds on defendants for possible deportation were merely requests and were not mandatory. The Cook County Board pointed out that the cost to Cook County taxpayers is roughly $15 million per year, or roughly $143 per day per inmate to comply with these immigration hold requests by the federal government. The decision only applies to individuals charged with misdemeanors who have immigration holds placed against them and are released from Cook County Jail for any reason.
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