News Brief: Yolo County subsidized detention of young immigrants, report finds

A Yolo County program to detain migrant youth may have unnecessarily spent $700,000 to subsidize operations.

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The report released last week said the program spent approximately $700,000 more than was originally budgeted for the county’s refugee resettlement program during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The report said that money could have been provided by the federal government through its own refugee resettlement program. In addition to overspending concerns, the county told state auditors it had “increasing and ongoing concerns about the danger of assaults on staff and the mental health needs of the unaccompanied children.” Those children are housed at the Yolo County juvenile detention facility under a special contract with federal law enforcement agencies. The county has requested an additional $2 million for its 2019 operations earmarked for staffing increases and other costs that it previously covered, the state audit said. The program is operated through funds provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. That same agency was responsible for a controversial initiative that separated young migrants from their parents. County officials said the program operated through Yolo County received no young migrant children separated under that initiative.]]>

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