Support the Maryland Trust Act

The Maryland Trust Act would prohibit corrections officers from detaining people beyond their release date, unless presented with a valid judicial warrant. Imagine how a citizen would react if not released when scheduled, even when they are not accused of any crime. Yet some local corrections agencies in Maryland can and do hold people on only the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with no evidence of a crime and no judicial oversight.  

Even when not detaining people beyond their release date, some local correctional officers currently notify federal immigration authorities of the release date and time of individuals in their custody, allowing federal agents into non-public areas to ease taking individuals ordered released by local and state authorities into federal custody.

These practices treat immigrants with less due process than citizens. It engenders distrust in our law enforcement and public agencies generally among immigrant communities, making all residents of Maryland less safe.