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Eliminate the 287g Program

As sheriff, I will eliminate the 287(g) program and divert the funds spent on 287(g) to community outreach programs. Cobb is one of only a handful of counties in the state that is even still participating in this program.

 

This isn’t a partisan issue. Even the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security issued a report earlier this year outlining their issues with how 287(g) is being implemented across the country. They highlighted a lack of training, lack of federal oversight, and that law enforcement officers were not using the program as originally intended — to protect national security.

 

Also alarming is that 287(g) has been used as a reason for racial profiling and has deterred immigrants – especially Latinx – communities in report violent crimes or cooperating with criminal investigations for fear of prosecution.

 

Through other existing programs, we will report dangerous criminals who are a danger to Cobb County and to our country’s national security.

Craig Owens

DEMOCRAT FOR COBB

COUNTY SHERIFF

P.O. Box 684062

Marietta, GA 30068

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Disclaimer | Craig Owens is a retired Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. Use of military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.

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