Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) Tuesday presented AB 2083 to establish the Foreign Private Prison Commission, before the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
Voted down along party lines, this bill would have created the framework for a more cost-effective method of incarceration for certain crimes.
"Given the intense pressure on our prison system, it is important that we build a workable solution. It is insane that anyone would choose to continue spending nearly1 billion in taxpayer dollars every year unnecessarily. This continued misuse of our hard-earned money is beyond irresponsible," said Donnelly.
California spends $52,363 per prisoner, per year. Currently, 22,806 foreign nationals are housed in California prisons. Of these, 15,632 inmates have Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds- indicating that he or she is eligible for deportation upon the conclusion of his or his sentence.
Donnelly stated, "Sacramento Democrats say a lot about our overcrowding crisis, but when it comes time to act, they are unwilling to support real solutions. This is a travesty for Californians who foot the bill."
The Commission, in cooperation with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, would be responsible for the operation and administration of private prison facilities located in Mexico. AB 2083 would only become effective if, before July 1, 2017, the United States enters into a treaty with Mexico to allow the incarceration of inmates outside of the United States in private prisons.