In August 2013, ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Custody Programs and Community Outreach (CPCO) initiated a Criminal Justice Stakeholder Forms pilot. The program began with a limited roll-out to the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), and is now ready to expand to criminal defense counsel, prosecutors, criminal investigators, court officials, and criminal justice agencies. The program is intended to improve coordination and communication with criminal justice professionals who work with undocumented individuals.
As you know, ICE periodically takes enforcement action against people who are also involved with the criminal justice system. ICE’s actions may conflict with state or local criminal justice proceedings. For example, an alien may miss a court hearing and forfeit bond money or be absent from a meeting with a parole officer and subject to penalties as a result. ICE developed these Criminal Justice Stakeholder Formsto give criminal justice professionals access to relevant and reliable information from ICE when working with individuals in these circumstances. The information provided through this process can be used to verify that the alien’s absence from court or other failure to meet a criminal justice obligation was due to ICE enforcement, detention, or removal.