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State AG questions Justice Department over grant money and ICE cooperation

State Attorney General George Jepsen is asking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a clarification about grant money requirements. 


The Justice Department is withholding Byrne Justice Assistance Grants for places where officials are preventing communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Connecticut wants to apply for a new grant, but Jepsen has questions about certifying, under penalty of perjury, that the jurisdictions receiving funding comply with the new regulations. 


Last year, Danbury received nearly $16,000 in grant money.


Jepsen has specific questions about the kind of access to correctional or detention facilities ICE would require in order to interview jail inmates, and about the 48 hours advance notice about scheduled release dates.

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