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SUFFOLK COUNTY JAIL ENDS ICE CONTRACT TO HOUSE DETAINEES

On September 8th, Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins ended the county’s contract with ICE which has been in effect since 2003.  

On the surface, this may seem like good news. IT IS NOT. It further tears families apart as detainees are moved to detention facilities elsewhere in the state and quite possibly elsewhere in the country.  

AND it allows for the wheels of the costly and inhumane system of detention to keep turning. 

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. 

We believe that Sheriff Tompkins still has the opportunity to change the narrative on this.  While we would hope he’d reverse his decision, he could also make an impact by how he communicates with and about ICE. 

You can help him do this by sharing your own narrative.  

+Share why this matters to you? 

+Encourage him to actually advocate for their release, not send them further from family. 

+Encourage him to change the narrative. 

+Affirm that he has done something bold, but that you support his taking even bolder action. 

+Tell him what you think needs to happen. 

+We know that he leads a system that at its best is about redemption and restoration and returning people to their communities. Nothing about what’s happening at the hands of ICE is redemptive or restorative. Ask what he is doing to ensure that’s happening? 

This doesn’t need to be long and you can print one of the image files below to write on. 

Mail to: 

Sheriff Steven Tompkins
Suffolk County House of Correction
20 Bradston Street
Boston, MA 02118 

Click on an image. Once it opens in your window, you can save the file to your desktop for printing.