Pinal County jail tour shows ins and outs of 287g program

Posted at 7:44 PM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 14:34:05-04

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws, and they're giving us an inside look at how the 287g program works at their facility.

There are currently five sheriff's officers who have been trained by ICE to act on behalf of them as immigration enforcement officers, they are there to process anyone 24/7. Three are currently on duty, two are in South Carolina being trained.

From October 2015 to October 2016 there were 331 287g inmates at the jail. From October 2016 to August 2017 there were 207 inmates.

"Drugs, money laundering, human trafficking, and that's where we work with ICE to make sure we're not releasing those people back into our communities," Sheriff Mark Lamb described.

Watch the video in the player above for a tour.