Thursday, October 30, 2008
The Nevada Appeal reports that the State's Pardons Board is considering an idea "that could get large numbers of inmates out of the state’s prisons." First, the State would identify "first offenders with no history of violence who are within 24 months of completing their minimum prison sentence." Illegal aliens in that group would be conditionally pardoned and turned over to the federal immigration agency for deportation. Remaining inmates within the pool would also be conditionally pardoned to "alternative programs" which would be "much cheaper." Currently, 48 percent of 13,000 inmates in Nevada prisons are first time offenders. In addition, there are almost 2,000 "wanted by immigration authorities for deportation." See story here.