Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report May 2017

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report May 2017

June 8, 2017

Data Compiled By David Olen Cross

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) May 1, 2017 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,691 inmates incarcerated in the DOC’s 14 prisons.

Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on May 1st there were 969 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system; more than one in every sixteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.60 percent of the total prison population.

Some background information, all 969 criminal aliens currently incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal law enforcement agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If an inmate is identified by ICE as being a criminal alien, at the federal law enforcement agency’s request, DOC officials will place an “ICE detainer” on the inmate. After the inmate completes his/her state sanction, prison officials will transfer custody of the inmate to ICE.

Using DOC Inmate Population Profiles and ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number inmates, the number of domestic and criminal alien inmates along with the percentage of them with ICE detainers incarcerated on May 1st in the state’s prisons.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Month/Day/Year DOC Total Inmates DOC Domestic Inmates DOC Inmates W/ICE detainers DOC % Inmates W/ICE detainers
May 1, 2017 14,691 13,722 969 6.60%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 May 17 and Inmate Population Profile 01 May 17.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien prisoners incarcerated on May 1st that were sent to prison from the state’s 36 counties.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
County DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers
Marion 231 23.84%
Multnomah 201 20.74%
Washington 193 19.92%
Clackamas 79 8.15%
Lane 44 4.54%
Jackson 33 3.41%
Umatilla 23 2.37%
Yamhill 23 2.37%
Benton 16 1.65%
Klamath 16 1.65%
Linn 16 1.65%
Deschutes 15 1.55%
Polk 15 1.55%
Malheur 11 1.14%
Lincoln 8 0.83%
Clatsop 5 0.52%
Jefferson 5 0.52%
Wasco 5 0.52%
Coos 4 0.41%
Josephine 4 0.41%
Columbia 3 0.31%
Douglas 3 0.31%
Hood River 3 0.31%
Tillamook 3 0.31%
Crook 2 0.21%
Morrow 2 0.21%
Union 2 0.21%
Gilliam 1 0.10%
Lake 1 0.10%
OOS 1 0.10%
Sherman 1 0.10%
Baker 0 0.00%
Curry 0 0.00%
Grant 0 0.00%
Harney 0 0.00%
Wallowa 0 0.00%
Wheeler 0 0.00%
Total 969 100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 May 17.

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 969 criminal aliens. Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien prisoners incarcerated on May 1st by type of crime.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Crime DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers
Sex Abuse 197 20.33%
Rape 170 17.54%
Homicide 136 14.04%
Drugs 107 11.04%
Sodomy 94 9.70%
Assault 82 8.46%
Robbery 54 5.57%
Kidnapping 27 2.79%
Burglary 20 2.06%
Theft 17 1.75%
Driving Offense 8 0.83%
Vehicle Theft 4 0.41%
Arson 0 0.00%
Forgery 0 0.00%
Escape 0 0.00%
Other / Combination 53 5.47%
Total 969 100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 May 17.

Using the DOC Inmate Population Profile and ICE detainer numbers from May 1st, the following table reveals the total number inmates by crime type, the number of domestic and criminal alien prisoners incarcerated by type of crime and the percentage of those crimes committed by criminal aliens.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Crime DOC Total Inmates DOC Domestic Inmates DOC Inmates W/ICE Detainers DOC % All Inmates W/ICE Detainers
Sex Abuse 1,756 1,559 197 11.22%
Rape 976 806 170 17.42%
Homicide 1,700 1,564 136 8.00%
Drugs 866 759 107 12.36%
Sodomy 1,014 920 94 9.27%
Assault 2,026 1,944 82 4.05%
Robbery 1,540 1,486 54 3.51%
Kidnapping 292 265 27 9.25%
Burglary 1,303 1,283 20 1.53%
Theft 1,115 1,098 17 1.52%
Driving Offense 217 209 8 3.69%
Vehicle Theft 480 476 4 0.83%
Arson 71 71 0 0.00%
Forgery 50 50 0 0.00%
Escape 34 34 0 0.00%
Other / Combination 1,251 1,198 53 4.24%
Total 14,691 13,722 969  

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 May 17 and Inmate Population Profile 01 May 17.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 969 criminal alien prisoners by number and percentage incarcerated on May 1st in the state’s prisons.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Country DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers
Mexico 777 80.19%
Guatemala 19 1.96%
Honduras 13 1.34%
Vietnam 13 1.34%
Cuba 12 1.24%
El Salvador 12 1.24%
Russia 9 0.93%
Federated States of Micronesia 7 0.72%
Ukraine 7 0.72%
Marshall Islands 5 0.52%
Cambodia 4 0.41%
China 4 0.41%
Laos 4 0.41%
Philippines 4 0.41%
Somalia 4 0.41%
Thailand 4 0.41%
Canada 3 0.31%
Other Countries 68 7.02%
Total 969 100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 May 17.

Beyond the DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per crime type, or even country of origin, criminal aliens pose high economic cost on Oregonians.

An individual prisoner incarcerated in the DOC prison system costs the state approximately ($94.55) per day.

The DOC’s incarceration cost for its 969 criminal alien prison population is approximately ($91,618.95) per day, ($641,332.65) per week, and ($33,440,916.75) per year.

Even taking into account fiscal year 2016 U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) award of $1,788,075.00, if the State of Oregon receives the same amount of SCAAP funding for fiscal year 2017, the cost to incarcerate 969 criminal aliens to the DOC will be at least ($31,652,841.75).

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 969 criminal aliens includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

Bibliography

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile May 1, 2017: http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201705.pdf

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated May 1, 2017.

Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts IB-53, January, 2017: http://www.oregon.gov/doc/OC/docs/pdf/IB-53-Quick%20Facts.pdf

U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), 2016 SCAAP award: https://www.bja.gov/funding/FY2016-SCAAP-Award-C.PDF

This report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state.

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