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Save $$, Schwarzeneggar wants to release immigrants from prison early, crazy or not?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With California slipping into a financial sinkhole, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to save more than $180 million by cutting short the sentences of thousands of immigrants in the state's prisons and turning them over to federal authorities for deportation.

The idea faces certain hurdles — for one thing, commuting some sentences will require court approval — and immigration authorities warn that a mass release of inmates from California and other states could swamp the federal system, which is already at capacity.

But Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Lisa Page said: "Every dollar not spent to house an undocumented immigrant inmate is a dollar that can be spent on health care services and education and other important programs to Californians. These inmates are the federal government's responsibility and California taxpayers shouldn't be paying the bill."

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 3:44 PM on Jun. 19, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • What's the big deal? Liberals believe in reform, right? Sounds to me like he is giving the state what it's asking for.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:47 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • It wont work. He is trying to save money BUT he will be using that money to send those prisoners home. It doesn't make sense.

    Answer by tish0607 at 3:58 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • It looks like California's problem will soon turn into a nationwide problem. Because if that goes through, we all will be footing the bill in sending those inmates back to their homes.

    Answer by tish0607 at 4:00 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • I am sure the ACLU is getting fired up to prevent deportation, we wouldn't want to break up families after all.

     I think CA needs to do whatever they need to do to get through this. And sadly, as messed up as the state is, we could have bailed them out three time for the amount of money that has been ushered to GM, just to have them turn around and file Bankruptcy and to never have to pay the American Taxpayers back.

    Oh well, at least we have new HDTV to pass the time.  I wonder how many converter boxes they sent out coupons for?  Anyone? 


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:04 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • I think it would be a LOT cheaper to send them home than to continue to keep them in prison. The average cost per inmate per year is more than $30,000 with more than $7000 of that being for health care! Just google "California prisons cost per inmate" for dozens of lists of statistics.

    Besides, the state is broke. What else are they going to do. There is a giant red stop sign in front of the spending train.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 4:09 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • I just Googled the average cost of housing ONE inmate in CALIFORNIA per YEAR, and found:

    "The average annual cost of housing an inmate in the California prison system has more than doubled over the past decade to $43,287 a year, according to figures by the Legislative Analyst's Office."

    So, $43,000/year x (approx.) 20,000 illegal immigrant inmates = $860 MILLION off the top that could be spent on MANY other things the state needs; versus a tank or two of gas to drive them back over the border or a one-way ticket back where they came from!!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:09 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • Um, how about when they get caught deport them immediately? Wow, crazy idea huh?

    Watch out now..JW's uber conservative side is shining through!

    Answer by JackalsWife at 4:16 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • It's official. I'm writing it down as we speak:

    June 19, 2009 
    QuinnMae agrees with JackalsWife.

    Strange days we are living in. ;oP


    Answer by QuinnMae at 4:21 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • That man should've never been elected, he's only in office bcuz he's the f***ing terminator

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:23 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • That may be :23, but the people of California voted for him and that's the only reason he is Gov. of CA. They chose him.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:31 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

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