Schwarzenegger: Build prisons in Mexico
January 26, 2010
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is floating a new idea to deal with overcrowded California prisons. The governor wants to build private facilities in Mexico to hold the estimated 20,000 undocumented immigrants currently in state prisons. [Ventura County Star]
Under Schwarzenegger’s plan, California would pay for the construction of private prisons, built and operated at half the cost of what it would require in California. The state currently spends about about $800 million a year to house undocumented immigrants.
In a speech delivered to the Sacramento Press Club, Schwarzenegger claimed the Mexico prison plan could save California $1 billion annually.
Meanwhile, prison overcrowding prompted the early release of 71 inmates from Santa Barbara County Jail Monday. More are expected to be released at the end of the month to comply with new strict guidelines to prevent overcrowding. No violent felons were released. [KSBY]