By Cheyenne Galloway
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) and Bargaining Unit 6 wrote to Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo earlier this month to condemn actions taken by several case records technicians operating within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to work with ICE to deport former inmates.
Glen Stailey, President of CCPOA, wrote neither the CCPOA nor the Bargaining Unit 6 represent or condone the actions of those within the CDCR, stating, “Our officers put their lives on the line every day to protect the people of California and uphold the ideals upon which our nation was founded.”
Some “inexcusable” actions conducted by the CDCR, Stailey said, include corroboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport newly released or soon-to-be-released inmates with U.S. citizenship or legal residential status.
Stailey said those actions are “reprehensive and inexcusable,” and won’t be “condoned” by CCPOA.
“Employees of CDCR should not be taking it upon themselves to encourage or persuade federal law enforcement to take wrongful action against anyone, inmate or not, who is within this country legally,” wrote Stailey.