"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.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.
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.
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: