HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s prison commissioner has approved protocols for handling requests by federal authorities to detain undocumented immigrants.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s top criminal justice aide, Michael Lawlor, told the New Haven Register  that Connecticut appears to be the first state to adopt protocols in response to the controversial Secure Communities program, although New York City and county governments in other states have such measures.

Secure Communities was implemented statewide last month. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can ask prison officials under the program to detain undocumented immigrants for 48 hours so federal agents can pick them up for possible deportation.

State Department of Correction Commissioner Leo Arnone approved the protocols Friday. They include actions prison officials have to take after a detention request, including checking for warrants for an immigrant.

Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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