May 29, 2013 -- A federal judge ruled last week that Maricopa Country Sheriff’s Office, headed up by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, engaged in systemic racial profiling of Latinos and illegal detentions in violation of their constitutional rights.
In addition, Judge G. Murray Snow has prohibited the sheriff’s department from using race as a factor in attempting to determine whether someone is undocumented.
In 2010, Rights Working Group staff worked with the ACLU of North Carolina and other local RWG members and allies to compile 287(g)-related complaints and submit them to the Department of Justice. This September, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released findings following its own investigation of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).
Attorney General (AG) Holder spoke before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary today in an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice (DOJ). The majority of the approximately three hours of back and forth related to the attorney general's recent decision to prosecute several Guantánamo detainees in federal criminal court in New York.