Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report August 2017

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report August 2017

September 18, 2017

Data Compiled By David Olen Cross

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) August 1, 2017 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,722 inmates incarcerated in the DOC’s 14 prisons.

Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on August 1st there were 984 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system; approximately one in every fifteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.68 percent of the total prison population.

Some background information, all 984 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 August 1st in the state’s prisons.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Month/Day/Year DOC Total Inmates DOC Total Domestic Inmates DOC Total Inmates W/ICE Detainers DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers
August 1, 2017 14,722 13,738 984 6.68%

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

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

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
County DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County
Marion 232 23.58%
Multnomah 209 21.24%
Washington 202 20.53%
Clackamas 77 7.83%
Lane 43 4.37%
Jackson 35 3.56%
Umatilla 24 2.44%
Yamhill 22 2.24%
Deschutes 17 1.73%
Linn 16 1.63%
Benton 15 1.52%
Klamath 15 1.52%
Polk 15 1.52%
Malheur 9 0.91%
Lincoln 7 0.71%
Wasco 6 0.61%
Clatsop 5 0.51%
Jefferson 5 0.51%
Josephine 5 0.51%
Coos 4 0.41%
Hood River 4 0.41%
Columbia 3 0.30%
Douglas 3 0.30%
Tillamook 3 0.30%
Crook 2 0.20%
Union 2 0.20%
Gilliam 1 0.10%
Lake 1 0.10%
Morrow 1 0.10%
OOS (Not a County) 1 0.10%
Baker 0 0.00%
Curry 0 0.00%
Grant 0 0.00%
Harney 0 0.00%
Sherman 0 0.00%
Wallowa 0 0.00%
Wheeler 0 0.00%
Total 984 100.00%

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

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 984 criminal aliens.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien prisoners incarcerated on August 1st by type of crime.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Crime DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Type of Crime DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime
Sex Abuse 200 20.33%
Rape 174 17.68%
Homicide 138 14.02%
Drugs 112 11.38%
Sodomy 97 9.86%
Assault 77 7.83%
Robbery 53 5.39%
Kidnapping 25 2.54%
Burglary 23 2.34%
Theft 18 1.83%
Driving Offense 9 0.91%
Vehicle Theft 4 0.41%
Arson 0 0.00%
Forgery 0 0.00%
Escape 0 0.00%
Other / Combination 54 5.49%
Total 984 100.00%

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

Using the DOC Inmate Population Profile and ICE detainer numbers from August 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 by Type of Crime DOC Total Domestic Inmates by Type of Crime DOC Total Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime DOC Inmates W/ICE Detainers as a % of Total Inmates by Type of Crime
Sex Abuse 1,726 1,526 200 11.59%
Rape 977 803 174 17.81%
Homicide 1,720 1,582 138 8.02%
Drugs 833 721 112 13.45%
Sodomy 1,025 928 97 9.46%
Assault 2,041 1,964 77 3.77%
Robbery 1,521 1,468 53 3.48%
Kidnapping 282 257 25 8.87%
Burglary 1,328 1,305 23 1.73%
Theft 1,131 1,113 18 1.59%
Driving Offense 222 213 9 4.05%
Vehicle Theft 470 466 4 0.85%
Arson 73 73 0 0.00%
Forgery 49 49 0 0.00%
Escape 36 36 0 0.00%
Other / Combination 1,288 1,234 54 4.19%
Total 14,722 13,738 984

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

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 984 criminal alien prisoners by number and percentage incarcerated on August 1st in the state’s prisons.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Country DOC Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin DOC % Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin
Mexico 787 79.98%
Guatemala 18 1.83%
Cuba 15 1.52%
El Salvador 15 1.52%
Honduras 13 1.32%
Vietnam 13 1.32%
Russia 9 0.91%
Federated States of Micronesia 8 0.81%
Ukraine 7 0.71%
Cambodia 4 0.41%
China 4 0.41%
Laos 4 0.41%
Marshall Islands 4 0.41%
Peru 4 0.41%
Philippines 4 0.41%
Thailand 4 0.41%
Canada 3 0.30%
England 3 0.30%
Somalia 3 0.30%
South Korea 3 0.30%
Other Countries 59 6.00%
Total 984 100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 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 984 criminal alien prison population is approximately ($93,037.20) per day, ($651,260.40) per week, and ($33,958,578.00) per year.

Even taking into account fiscal year 2016 U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), 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 984 criminal aliens to the DOC will be at least ($32,170,503.00). Note: At this point in time there is no indication the U.S. BJA will provide SCAAP awards in 2017.

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 984 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 August 1, 2017: http://www.oregon.gov/doc/RESRCH/docs/inmate_profile_201708.pdf

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated August 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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