CASA Wants Frederick Sheriff to Release Statistics

Sheriff's office denies it illegally withheld information about its participation in immigration program

The Frederick County sheriff's office is denying that it illegally withheld public information about its participation in a federal immigration enforcement program.

Sheriff Charles Jenkins says his office gave the advocacy group CASA de Maryland all the documents it could legally give after the group's initial public-information request last spring.

Jenkins says CASA has balked at paying thousands of dollars for processing a more recent request for what he called "a huge amount of records" detailing arrests of illegal immigrants.

The group filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County on Tuesday alleging Jenkins' office won't release statistics on a program that allows local law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons.

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