Sheriffs: Illinois Halts Transfer of Some Facing Deportation

Feb 25, 2020

Two Illinois sheriffs say some violent felons who had faced deportation are instead released into local communities after their prison terms end as a result of a policy change by Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration. 

Sheriffs Mike Downey of Kankakee County and Tony Childress of Livingston County told reporters at the state Capitol Tuesday that they were not given a reason for the policy switch, which they called reckless. 

They said Corrections officials announced they were canceling a process under which criminals living in the country illegally were transferred to Pontiac Correctional Center.