Canyon County Jail

Inmates are escorted back to their cell by an officer on Nov. 8, 2017, at the Canyon County jail in Caldwell.

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A third lawsuit filed against Canyon County claims an inmate was unlawfully detained at the jail because of a hold that Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed on him, writes Idaho Press reporter Emily Lowe. A lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Idaho that states Ramon Espinoza-Rodriguez was unlawfully detained at the jail in 2017 because of an immigration hold, even after his bond was paid. Espinoza-Rodriguez was arrested May 27, 2017, on a 2011 warrant for misdemeanor using a telephone to annoy, harass, intimidate or threaten. The charge was later dismissed.

According to the lawsuit, Espinoza-Rodriguez was issued a $1,000 bond for the charge. His daughter went to pay the bond the same day of his arrest. A bail bondsman reportedly told the daughter that “there was no bond that could be paid due to a hold issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Under an agreement established more than 30 years ago, ICE pays Canyon County for the temporary housing of federal immigration detainees. In an updated contract signed in October, ICE reimburses the jail $77 per detainee per night, up from the previous $54 rate. You can read Lowe's full story here at (subscription required), or pick up today's edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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