Federal Money Used on Legal Help for Immigrants at Albany County Jail

Albany County Jail

Albany County is planning to use part of a $4 million federal surplus to give legal help to immigrants detained in the county jail.

Sheriff Craig Apple says a program was started to help immigrants about five years ago, and in that time, the numbers have increased greatly.

As of this week, Apple says about 180 illegal immigrants are lodged in the county jail.

Apple says it's heartwarming to see the money set aside, and it helps the attorneys, many of whom have been working pro bono...

At this point, more than 80% of the detainees have passed "credible fear" hearings, and are on their way to citizenship.

Photo: WNYT

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