If there’s such a problem with prison overcrowding in Virginia, which some say means we can’t possibly detain illegal aliens pending their deportation, why is this happening? If we can’t handle the temporary detention of illegal aliens in Virginia, how come we can take jail farm-outs from Wyoming?
Wyoming inmates are due to be transferred within weeks to two Virginia prisons in the southwest corner of the state.
The transfer, part of a contract that could pay Virginia $18.5 million, could bring up to 300 Wyoming prisoners to the state over the next two years.
“However, this is hopefully a short-term solution to meet current needs of the DOC and the state,” he [Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections] said.
The alternative to contracting for out-of-state prisoners could be closing prisons and laying off employees, he said.
Since the costs of housing inmates pending deportation are paid by the federal government, there’s an easy way to ensure that prison guards aren’t laid off. Let’s ensure that there’s an effective means of identifying and deporting illegal aliens that unlawfully reside in Virginia, and use the prison space we’re currently having such a hard time putting to good use to help solve a real problem in Virginia. State-wide implementation of the federal Section 287(g) Program would be a good start. We solve a problem, protect jobs in Virginia, and get federal funding to do it.
Funny thing, that Ken Stolle kept saying we didn’t have the jail space to house illegal aliens awaiting deportation while we’re asking Wyoming to help fill our unused jail space. Did Stolle just get bad information?
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