Wichita, Kan-- Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter made the announcement Wednesday morning.
It's been a longstanding policy that Inmates suspected by ICE of being in the country illegally are held in county jails up to 48 hours beyond the time their criminal charges are resolved. That's in order to allow ICE time to take the person into custody. The Sedgwick County Jail is now honoring an appeals court ruling saying that is illegal.
The court found ICE detainers are not mandates to hold individuals, but are requests from the federal agency.
Currently the jail has 18 inmates that ICE is accusing of behind in the country illegally.
Sheriff Easter said he won't hold them anymore merely on a request by ICE. He says ICE must now have a court order.
"We are civilly liable if we hold them beyond their court ordered time," said Easter.
The changes went into effect at the jail two weeks ago.