Politics & Government

June 8, 2009

California plan to free immigrant inmates raises questions

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Finance Department estimates $182 million in savings if the state were to release for deportation about 8,000 of the 19,000 identified undocumented prisoners. To be eligible, an inmate must have just one felony conviction, for a crime that is not violent or sexual, and is not on a list of other disqualifying crimes. How broadly the plan can be applied and how much it can really save is in question.

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