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Should California send prisoners to Mexico? Schwarzenegger floats idea. Do you agree?

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With California facing more budget problems and more early releases of prisoners a real possibility, should the state export its prison population south of the border?

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger suggested the idea Monday, according to The Times' Shane Goldmacher, writing at the California Politics blog.

“We can do so much better in the prison system alone if we can go and take inmates, for instance the 20,000 inmates that are illegal immigrants that are here, and get them to Mexico,” Schwarzenegger said during a question-and-answer session at the Sacramento Press Club. “Think about it.”

According to Goldmacher, the Republican governor has pushed to house California inmates out of state before -- but never in a different country. It’s cheaper to build prisons in Mexico, Schwarzenegger reasoned, and it’s cheaper to staff prisons there too.

How do you like the idea? Share your thoughts.

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Photo credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (105)

It's a win win situation. Decreases prison crowding, decreases expenses, deports illegals, deters crime that has the benefit of being coddled in an American prison with four squares, stimulates Mexican economy, allows family visitation without more illegal border crossings. Matter of fact, instead of just transporting illegals back, transport them back to prison in Mexico. Or for a twist, lets use the already established Gitmo ...

Deporting them would be justice but practically we know they will just be back here in a few days after an easy reentry over the border. So it seems building a prison in Mexico for our uninvited felons is a practical solution to one of the state's budget problems.

Here is a real novel idea...let's put all the prisoners to work. Have them do menial jobs they can do in prison and what ever they get paid a percentage of it would go into supporting the system. The other percentage can go to a savings account that can go to their families as income.

We can send everyone back, but how about making criminals really pay for their crimes by supporting the jail system.

This idea was one of mine ten years ago but never shared it. I believe it is the best deal yet. Mexico you take care of your citizens. This new Arizona immigration law is another one that I would like the California Governor to push through to make law. I am Mexican but I am here legally. Mexicans are used to mass corruption in their country. All the way from the top and they come with ideas that our government is so forgiving and understanding. Yes, my government is the greatest but I am tired of seeing such an illegal group of people benefiting from every aspect of privledge that comes with the territory. The law in our country is for all not just for some and if all of us decided to come here illegally then it shows no respect to our government.

I don't have any problems with illegal immigrants aslong they are good people and follow the law i don't think thats big a deal ,but those who are illegals coming here and be causing trouble / ends up the slammer has to go

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