Thursday, August 25, 2011

No new private prisons needed if immigrant prisoners deported

After being assured by the feds that paroled inmates with deportation orders would actually be sent to their home countries and not end up supervised on parole, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles may soon begin paroling immigrants in Texas prisons with deportation orders - both legal and illegal, violent and nonviolent - to free up prison bed space under a new law passed this year. Reports Mike Ward at the Austin Statesman:
"I think several hundred would be a good start, as soon as they can," said state Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Richardson, who sponsored the legislation last spring.

Federal officials noted that some countries, including Cuba and Vietnam, will not take back their citizens. Those felons will have to remain in Texas, state officials said.

Bryan Collier, deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice that runs the prison system, said about 11,500 of Texas' 156,000 state prisoners are not U.S. citizens — and about 6,000 of those currently have a deportation order pending against them.
This is probably the most significant bill passed in the 82nd Legislature aimed at reducing incarceration pressure at Texas prisons. If it's implemented at all aggressively, the state shouldn't need to use new private prison beds authorized as a contingency by the Lege after the Central Unit was closed.

14 comments:

M. Edwards said...

About time that TDCJ and Texas leadership act on this. There is no sense keeping particularly non-violent illegals in TDCJ at the cost of taxpayers. There is no return on the taxpayers investment.

Anonymous said...

The return occurs when the Mexican deportees just walk back across the border and return to their life of crime. No equal justice. Apparently, being here illegally is an easy way to achieve early release. Only in liberal world does that make sense.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

9:52, would you prefer they just parole them so they don't go home at all? Hard to understand your complaint. In fact, I imagine you'd find something to complain about either way.

Prison Doc said...

9:52, I'm no liberal, in fact I'm a "Tea Party Conservative" religious right redneck...but conservatives need to realize that there is no conservative sense to locking everybody up no matter what the crime.

Most of these illegals are low level druggies and dope smokers who probably ARE going to re-offend, but I can't see how it benefits Texas to lock them up with three hots and a cot for 5-10 years just to do it all over again. Send 'em back across the river for however long they will stay.

A Texas PO said...

I've been called a liberal pinko commie and a socialist (which is strange since my personal political views are truly moderate like roughly 85% of Americans) but I'm all for this. Got a court order? Then follow through with it! Why shovel more money into the pit when we're complaining that we're broke?

Now, if we can just fill those pesky federal judicial slots in Texas to handle all those deportation cases that are in limbo...

Susan Fenner said...

Many of these illegal alien inmates are eligible for parole but are just being kept inside because the PB does not like to parole anyone. It seems to me that most inmates (legal and illegal) are kept well past their eligibility dates, many despite doing everything right as they served their years. It just makes sense to deport those who have already served enough of their sentence to be considered (by those who set the standards) as being eligible for parole.

Anonymous said...

Those who are deported very quickly cross the border to join us again. I wonder if their short trip across the border and then back again does much to reform them.

Anonymous said...

If we (America) can be a part of companies moving to Mexico. Why cant we build a few large prisons, to the fine high standards of the mexican judicial system.
The agree for us building them a prison is that 40% of the beds will be used to carry out sentences handed out to illegals by U.S. courts.
They get a new prison, we have a place to lock up illegals with out the financial 43-45 thousand a year it takes to lock them up here.

Anonymous said...

Perry Bills Feds $349M for Incarcerating Illegals

Published August 27, 2011
Associated Press

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for nearly $350 million to cover the costs he says Texas has incurred incarcerating illegal immigrants in state prisons and county jails.
In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Perry reiterated a claim he's often leveled against the federal government: that it's not doing enough to secure the border with Mexico and as a result, has allowed illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. and use taxpayer-funded resources, including the prison system.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

10:48: If the state is incarcerating illegal immigrants under its own authority, own laws, etc. - i.e., NOT because they have a federal immigration hold - I don't see why Perry should expect the feds to pay for state-level incarceration decisions.

States rights cuts both ways. If states choose to exercise their rights and act on their own initiative, they can hardly expect the feds to foot the bill. That's no different from a bailout.

Anonymous said...

They wouldn't be in the country committing crimes if the federal government had enforced our immigration laws. People in Texas have to pay because the federal government refuses to enforce the immigration laws.

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Anonymous said...

Yes sir, let's just send them back to Mexico or Central America, let them commit a few more crimes i.e., transporting pregnant women illegally across the border, dealing dope, running guns, robbing touristas, etc., and then just wait until they are arrested again to do it all over again. More lawyers, more trial dates, more court costs, etc. Because odds are great they will go right back to crime and will escalate. Got to keep that street cred up you know? All to save money so Texas can avoid ANY increased taxes of any kind on the rich and wealthy that can afford to live behind well-guarded gated communities while the rest of us cringe every single time we come home just waiting to see if we have been burglarized again. Some of my neighbors in Central Austin have been hit THREE times in five years. Yet Acevedo asks for $600,000 for tasers -- TASERS! - and more surveillance cameras. Ridiculous. In this climate of insanity, it should be no surprise that a windbag such as Charles Baird is running for D.A. What are the penalties for coming back into this nation once you have been deported? Can a judge waive these penalties at his/her discretion? See today's Statesman for more fine work by our "visiting" citizens in another smuggling scheme. Guess we should just let this guy and his gang go too. Why even bother to arrest them? Just send them back to Mexico's well-run prison system (where bribery, murder, extortion, prostitution, is part of the package) and wish them well. Maybe we could include a case of gold spray paint, instructions on how to apply for a MAP card, and the latest Cap Metro bus route map so they can have it ready when they return. Just to show our good intentions. Sort of like the Welcome Wagon packages new residents to Austin use to receive.

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