ACLU wins case against Nobles County, Sheriff Kent Wilkening

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WORTHINGTON — Fifth Judicial District Assistant Chief Judge Gregory Anderson ruled Thursday in favor of the plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit filed in August 2018 against the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Kent Wilkening.

The case centered on the sheriff's practice of holding inmates past their release date so that Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) could then adjudicate them on immigration issues.

An October 2018 memorandum required that Wilkening cease detaining inmates on ICE holds while the case was being argued. Anderson's ruling Thursday makes the memorandum a permanent injunction and requires all inmates to be released from custody when they have met their release requirements.

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