Prov. police ordered to cease electronic immigration checks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence police have been ordered to stop doing electronic immigration checks for people they take into custody.

The change in policy means the department will return to faxing a daily "arraignment sheet" to federal immigration officials.

WPRI-TV reports that is the same system that brought the department criticism from federal authorities over the 2008 arrest of Marco Ritz in a carjacking and rape case. He had been arrested twice before by Providence police but was released both times after arraignment, even though a federal judge had ordered him deported several years before.

Ritz is now serving a 30 year prison term in the case.

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