Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report for the Americas December 2021

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report for the Americas December 2021

January 8, 2022

Data Compiled By David Olen Cross

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on December 1, 2021 that 619 of the 697 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system self-declared their countries of origin as being located in the Americas — North, Central and South America and the West Indies — 88.81 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The United States of America (USA) and USA territories are excluded from this report.):

– North America (Mexico and Canada) had 554 criminal aliens — 89.50 percent of the DOC alien prisoners from the Americas;

– Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama) had 46 criminal aliens — 7.43 percent of the DOC alien prisoners from the Americas;

– South America (Ecuador, Argentina, Peru and Colombia) had eight criminal aliens — 1.29 percent of the DOC alien prisoners from the Americas;

– The West Indies (Cuba, Grenada and Jamaica) had 11 criminal aliens — 1.78 percent of the DOC alien prisoners from the Americas.

Criminal aliens from 15 countries located in the Americas were incarcerated in the DOC prison system.

Mexican nationals were 550 of 619 criminal aliens from the Americas incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 88.85 percent of the alien inmates from the Americas in the state’s prisons.

Some background information, all 619 criminal aliens incarcerated in the DOC prison system from the Americas were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and have ICE immigration detainers placed on them.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 619 criminal alien inmates from the Americas by number and percentage incarcerated on December 1st in the state’s prisons.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
CountryDOC Total Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin from the AmericasDOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin from the Americas
Mexico55088.85%
Guatemala213.39%
El Salvador132.10%
Cuba91.45%
Honduras71.13%
Canada40.65%
Ecuador30.48%
Argentina20.32%
Costa Rica20.32%
Nicaragua20.32%
Peru20.32%
Colombia10.16%
Grenada10.16%
Jamaica10.16%
Panama10.16%
Total619100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 21.

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 619 criminal aliens from the Americas.

Significant numbers, there were 378 of the 619 criminal alien inmates from the Americas incarcerated in DOC prisons for three types of sex crimes — sex abuse, rape and sodomy — 61.07 percent of the alien inmates from the Americas in the state’s prisons.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates from the Americas incarcerated on December 1st by type of crime.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
CrimeTotal Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Type of Crime from the AmericasDOC Percent of  Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime from the Americas
Sex Abuse14523.42%
Rape14323.10%
Homicide9615.51%
Sodomy9014.54%
Assault487.75%
Kidnapping264.20%
Robbery203.23%
Drugs193.07%
Burglary91.45%
Driving Offense30.48%
Theft10.16%
Vehicle Theft10.16%
Arson00.00%
Escape00.00%
Forgery00.00%
Other / Combination Crimes182.91%
Total619100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 21.

Criminal aliens from the Americas incarcerated in DOC prisons committed at least one crime in 26 of 36 Oregon counties — 72.22 percent of the counties in the state.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates from the Americas incarcerated on December 1st that weresentto prison from the state’s 36 counties.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
CountyDOC Total Number of  Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County from the AmericasDOC Percent of Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County from the Americas
Marion16726.98%
Washington13221.32%
Multnomah10116.32%
Clackamas325.17%
Lane325.17%
Umatilla223.55%
Jackson213.39%
Yamhill193.07%
Deschutes121.94%
Linn121.94%
Benton81.29%
Klamath71.13%
Polk71.13%
Lincoln60.97%
Malheur60.97%
Josephine50.81%
Clatsop40.65%
Douglas40.65%
Hood River40.65%
Jefferson40.65%
Tillamook40.65%
Coos30.48%
Morrow30.48%
Union20.32%
Curry10.16%
Wasco10.16%
Baker00.00%
Columbia00.00%
Crook00.00%
Gilliam00.00%
Grant00.00%
Harney00.00%
Lake00.00%
Sherman00.00%
Wallowa00.00%
Wheeler00.00%
Total619100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 21.

Beyond the DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers and percentages by countries of origin, by crime types or by the state’s counties, criminal aliens from the Americas pose high economic cost on Oregon tax payers.

An individual inmate incarcerated in the DOC prison system costs the state approximately ($116.89) per day.

The DOC’s incarceration cost for its 619 criminal alien prison population from the Americas is approximately ($72,354.91) per day, ($506,484.37) per week and ($26,409,542.15) per year.

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 619 criminal aliens from the Americas includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

Bibliography:

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated December 1, 2021.

Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts, March 2021: https://www.oregon.gov/doc/Documents/agency-quick-facts.pdf

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is crime a researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to federal, state, county and city elected and non elected governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the United States of America. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His current and past crime reports can be found at https://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

1 thought on “Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report for the Americas December 2021

  1. Center for Immigration Studies
    Low-immigration, Pro-immigrant

    What Nations Do Criminal Aliens in Oregon Come From?

    By David North on January 26, 2022

    Are migrants more likely than natives to commit crimes? I leave that question to my colleagues Steven Camarota and Jessica Vaughan.

    But do some nations provide us a higher proportion of criminal aliens to their foreign-born population in the U.S., generally, than other countries? Absolutely. Which nations send us the most criminals on a percentage basis and which send us the least?

    We have received recent data from the Oregon prison system on the nations of origin of its prison population. They indicate that Mexico, among major migrant-producing nations, sends that state the largest proportion of criminals compared to the nation’s population in the U.S. as whole, and China and India send the least. The definition used by Oregon authorities is of those with ICE detainers in the state’s prisons.

    ________________________________________
    Oregon’s Foreign-Born Population
    and Prisoners for Selected Nations, 2021
    ________________________________________
    Nation Foreign-Born
    Population
    in Oregon Prisoners
    in Oregon
    Custody Prisoners
    per 1,000
    Foreign-Born
    Mexico 138,504 550 3.97
    China 24,397 2 0.08
    India 17,890 1 0.06
    ________________________________________
    Sources: Column 2: ”State Immigration Data Profiles: Oregon”,
    Migration Policy Institute; Column 3: David Olen Cross,
    “Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report for the
    Americas December 2021”, January 8, 2022; numbers for India and
    China were secured from Cross.
    ________________________________________

    In other words, in Oregon at least, someone from Mexico is 66 times as likely to wind up in prison as someone from India. Putting it another way, of the 697 prisoners from a country other than the U.S., 78 percent of them were from Mexico.

    It should be noted that there are at least three variables at work here. First, there is the economic class of the incoming migrants, with Mexico producing a high percentage of working-class migrants, and the other two nations a predominance of middle-class ones. Second, there are or may be differing criminal proclivities, nation by nation; and third, there is the variable of biases that may or may not exist in the law enforcement system.

    I suspect the first variable is more important than the other two combined.

    Another possible factor is that some of the criminals, notably from Central America, may have fibbed about the real country of origin, thinking if they claimed to be Mexicans, they would be released at the border rather than shipped to their true homes much further south.

    Before reacting further to the remarkably high percentage of Mexicans in this one-off report, we at CIS will be seeking comparable data from other prison systems in other states.

    In the meantime, this is a reminder that those crossing our southern border are not all just folks looking for better lives – there are others who are simply criminals.

    ________________________________________

    The author is grateful to David Olen Cross for providing the data.

    Topics: Oregon, Criminal Aliens

    https://cis.org/North/What-Nations-Do-Criminal-Aliens-Oregon-Come

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