Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

November 17, 2011

Lars:

It has been an interesting third full week in the month of November when it comes to criminal aliens here in the State of Oregon.

Monday, November 14th, the Marion County Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Salem, Oregon had 47 criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 11.41% of the jail population the United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had identified as possibly being in the county illegally. Six of the 47 criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the MCCF were involved in some type of drug crime, 12.76% of the alien jail population (methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana).

Tuesday, November 15th, Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR) in The Dalles, Oregon had four criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 5.88% of the jail population the U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the county illegally. One of the four criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the NORCOR was involved in some type of drug crime, 25.00% of the alien jail population (methamphetamine).

This week we don’t have a specific criminal alien of the week to report, so instead, we will look at some of the economic challenges facing the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system.

Governor Kitzhaber ordered the creation of a Public Safety Commission to analyze the cost and growth of the DOC prison system.

The Governor’s Public Safety Commission issued a report on the DOC prison system September 30th that projected level of prison population growth over the next decade but they failed to include where and what segment of the prison population was growing at the greatest rate.

Comparing DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers from October 1, 2007 (985 criminal aliens) and October 1, 2011 (1,189 criminal aliens), the DOC prison system incarcerated 204 criminal aliens more than it did on October 1, 2007, a 20.71% increase over the last four years.

When comparing DOC domestic criminal incarceration numbers from October 1, 2007 (12,538 domestic criminals) and October 1, 2011 (12,792 domestic criminals), the DOC prison system incarcerated 254 domestic criminals more than it did on October 1, 2007, a 2.02% increase over the same four years.

If the Governor Kitzhaber’s Public Safety Commission is going to paint a clear picture on the cost and growth of the current 1.3 billion dollar DOC prison system they will need to report to the Governor that a significant part of the cost and growth of the DOC prison system can be attributed to criminal aliens.

Lars, the third full of November and three different criminal alien reports for Lars Larson show KXL 101.1 radio listeners.

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