Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The state has over 22,000 inmates with an "immigration hold" or "likely immigration hold." The number amounts to about 13 percent of all prisoners. Governor Schwarzenegger announced that he was considering commuting the sentences of those who had a single non-violent felony, non-sexual or non-serous crimes in their background. So, this week, the legislature passed bills that would address the State's $19.9 billion budget deficit. Unfortunately, the legislation was based on the assumption that the Governor would follow through on the commutation idea. Schwarzenegger has now announce that he will not! See story here.