Arizonans Look Into Deporting Mexican Nationals to Relieve Prison Costs

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Arizona lawmakers are looking at reviving the idea of sending Mexican nationals locked up in Arizona prisons south of the border to serve the remainder of their sentences, reports the Daily Star.

The idea could come into play as the Legislature goes into a special session Monday on prison spending and crowding.

The move could save millions for the state’s strapped coffers but is drawing criticism from inmates’ rights groups, and Gov. Janet Napolitano questions the benefits.

About 3,300 Mexican nationals are in state prisons at an annual cost of nearly $20,000 per inmate. That adds up to about $66 million a year.


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