Minimum Security U.S. Inmates Transfer Themselves


A federal judge sentenced German Cruz, who has a record of felony assault, to 41 months in prison for repeatedly sneaking into the U.S. WFAA-TV in Dallas says that Cruz recently was at a bus stop – ticket in hand – transferring himself from one federal prison in Minnesota to another in Texas. There wasn’t a guard in sight. “We don’t want our bus system to turn into Con Air, but you would think there would be some safety measures that could be put into place here, which doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

Dallas-based Greyhound, which has carried convicts without knowing, has urged the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to stop the practice of unescorted transfers. The bureau says the practice is used for inmates going from one minimum security prison to another, heading to halfway houses or prison camps. Since April 2006, more than 5,300 federal inmates have transferred
themselves to a different prison. Dozens escape. Between 2003 and 2005, 77 inmates escaped
during “unescorted transfers,” and at least 19 were not immediately recaptured.

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