Sherburne County proposes expanding jail to house more immigrant detainees

Sherburne County proposes expanding jail to house more immigrant detainees Photo: MGN

June 04, 2019 08:26 PM

A county with the second largest jail in Minnesota has responded to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's request for more space to hold an estimated 500 immigration detainees.

After the federal agency sought proposals for additional detention space near its St. Paul office in March, Sherburne County submitted a proposal to expand its jail to add 200 more beds for individuals suspected of violating immigration laws ahead of a May 20 deadline.


The jail in Elk River already provides 300 beds for the agency's detainees under its current contract, which is set to end in 2022. If Sherburne County's proposal is ultimately accepted, it would boost the jail space for detainees to 500.

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The county board must approve any jail expansion or new contract with ICE.

It's unclear if or when ICE will move forward with the proposal.

If the current contract with Sherburne County ends in 2022, the county says it'll cost the sheriff's office about 63 jobs. Expanding the jail would add about 61 jobs, the county told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS on Tuesday.

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