Nearly 200 illegal immigrant inmates transferred from Oklahoma custody
BY VALLERY BROWN NewsOK.com
Monday, August 02, 2010
8/02/10 at 10:53 AM
A year-old state law is saving Oklahomans millions of dollars by deporting illegal immigrant criminals back to their home countries.
Oklahoma is one of about five states using similar methods to ease inmate overcrowding in prison systems, federal immigration officials say.
"It's working," said Jerry Massie, state Corrections Department spokesman. "They're not in the system and taking up bed space anymore."
Bed space is valuable in a system that has nearly 1,300 inmates waiting to enter it from county jails.
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Twenty three inmates were transferred from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections into the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency just before sunrise Thursday, July 23, 2009. The transfer took place at the John Lilley facility in Boley. The prisoners, who are illegal immigrants, will be deported to their home country. JIM BECKEL