Safe Communities program will include D.C., Montgomery County

Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. have decided not to delay the inevitable, and will voluntarily join the controversial Safe Communities program, which creates a fingerprint database of "those who pose a threat to public safety, and repeat immigration violators," according to its website. The program has also been accused, however, of deporting petty criminals and even responsible non-citizens who report crimes.


Citing those "legal and regulatory squabbles," Councilman Phil Mendelson wrote in a letter to the Department of Corrections, "The DOC needs to be prudent and limited in its participation." Police union chief Kris Baumann, in turn, accused Mendelson of trying "to interfere in a federal program designed to make the District safer." Those two guys are in love.


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