The First Detainer Report

As required by President Trump, the Justice Department has just issued the first of a regular series of Detainer Reports. Since these numbers were never collected by Then-President Obama, this is the very first time that we have an accurate and detailed view of the size and nature of the problem.

The report lists all of the convicted or accused inmates who have been released by sanctuary cities, counties, and states to continue threaten the public. The report lists the state, county, and facility where the release occurred, along with their main crime. Note that many of these inmates have committed multiple crimes, and some have committed multiple felonies.

detainer report II

I wanted to analyze the report, so I took the PDF and tried to copy it … no joy, it’s protected against copying. I can understand that, the Feds don’t want interested parties messing with the facts by changing the document. But the version that shows up in my browser (Safari) was copyable, so I got the data and I’ve made it available as an Excel spreadsheet in CSV form, linked below.

The report shows that a total of 206 people who were convicted or accused of a wide variety of crimes were released from jails in sanctuary cities, counties, and states. Now, that’s a big number for how many were released in the first month reported. If that held up for twelve months, that would be over 2,000 wanted individuals released per year …

… however, this is not the total for the first month. This is the total for the first week, and if it holds up for twelve months, that would be over ten thousand people wanted by the cops that these sanctuary areas are putting back out on the streets during the year.

Ten thousand per year.

Ten. Thousand. Inmates. Wanted. By. The. Cops. Released. From. Jail. Per. Year.

(I can only shake my head in amazement. Why is it so hard for people to realize that this is a Very Bad Idea? But I digress, back to the Report …)

By nationality, four countries make up over 90% of those released. Mexico is in the lead with about 70%. Honduras is 13%, Guatemala 6%, and El Salvador, 4%. By status, 44% have been convicted of the crime for which they were detained, and 56% have been indicted for the crime but not convicted.

To my surprise, by state the overwhelming majority of those released were from Texas, 72% … wasn’t expecting that at all. California and Colorado were next with 5% of those released. Virginia, Washington, and New York had about 2% each. The rest was split between Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

Of the 206 inmates released, 11 were released in California, the only state on the list with a statewide sanctuary policy.

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On the other hand, 85% were in counties with a sanctuary policy. This left 9% from a location with no stated sanctuary policy. Not sure how that works.

I’ve heard that one reason that the Immigration detainers don’t get honored is that they are issued too late in the process and thus aren’t picked up by the relevant authorities. There is a kernel of truth in this. According to the data, 2.5% of the detainers were issued on the same day the inmate was released, and a further 2% were issued the day before the release. So while this explanation MAY hold for say 5% of the releases, it wouldn’t explain the other 95%. On average, the detainers were issued about five months prior to the release of the inmate. The longest lag from detainer to release was for drug possession and was issued some six years before the release.


So … if the data in this report holds up for 12 months, what will be the breakdown of the ten thousand inmates released during the year, by their main crime committed? For starters, what would you guess is the number one offense? If the trend continues, which crime will be in the front of the list? Here ya go …

Driving Under Influence: 2080 released

No big surprise there, DUI is common everywhere. However, although it sounds all innocent and commonplace, it is not. There are 14,000 people murdered every year. But there are 10,000 killed and 350,000 injured by drunk drivers every year. If convicted these inmates should all be deported. I don’t want my daughter on the road with them.

Moving on we have:

Assault: 1716 released

Also no surprise that next on the list we’re into crimes of violence right away. Next we have:

Domestic Violence: 1404 released

If the sanctuary madness continues, we’ll let fourteen hundred wife beaters go free to beat their wives again. Charming. Then there is:

Aggravated Assault: 884 released

This is not just ordinary assault, this is beating someone to a pulp.

I’ve appended the rest of the list below. I’ll note in passing that it includes Sexual Assault, 468 released and Carrying Prohibited Weapon, 208 released.

At this point, I have to make a stand for the rights of that overlooked and much-maligned non-voting bloc, the American felon. Now, I’ve committed more than one felony in my life, heck, I was one of the guys who kidnapped then-Governor Ronald Reagan, although I’ve only ever been convicted of a misdemeanor. Here’s the injustice. If I or any one of the other patriotic red-blooded American felons end up in one of these sanctuary cities, and the Feds tell the local police that we’re wanted for some crime somewhere else, WE don’t get released. WE don’t get patted on the head and told to go and sin again. WE don’t get any special treatment. I thought the liberals favoring sanctuary cities were opposed to discrimination and stood four-square for equality.

I figure the way to get rid of these “sanctuary cities” is for someone to sue them on behalf of American felons everywhere for illegal discrimination. Why should true-blue American felons have to rot in jail while our Mexican and Honduran compatriots are released to go home and beat their wives again?

Folks, this is madness. One person dying from this release of ten thousand inmates would be a tragedy. But we will have more. One person with a smashed pelvis from some drunk driver just released in a sanctuary city would be too many. But we will have more.

It’s simple. One woman needlessly raped is absolutely not acceptable. One child who did not have to be sexually assaulted if we’d just kept those inmates in jail is one too many.

This is not a theoretical exercise. There is an ocean of pain and suffering and sorrow inherent in releasing ten thousand inmates, both convicted and charged, back on to the streets to offend again.

It is astounding to me that people think that this is a good idea. All I can say is that for all of you people out there who support sanctuary cities, THE BLOOD OF THESE INNOCENT MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WILL BE ON YOU!

There is no excuse for letting these inmates out of jail. They should have no more right to escape imprisonment than an American felon has. That way lies madness.



NOTES: I’ve written about this before …

Gimme Shelter
On July 1, 2015, a young woman named Katherine Steinle was shot and killed by an illegal alien while she was visiting Pier 14 in San Francisco. Her murderer was a man protected by the SF “Sanctuary City” program. He had previously been deported five times and had seven felony convictions … read that again.…

ON THE QUESTION OF ILLEGALITY: You may not have noticed, but I wrote this entire piece without touching on the fact that these inmates are in the US illegally. I deliberately made no references to “illegal aliens” or “undocumented immigrants” or immigration status or anything of the kind.


Because the issue is not their immigration status. The issue is that they are wanted for committing crimes but nonetheless are being released to offend again. We would not want that to happen to American felons, showing that immigration status is NOT the issue. Releasing criminals, whether of the foreign or home-grown variety, is the issue.

DATA: The spreadsheet with the data is here in CSV format. Note that I’ve added a few columns of other values derived from the document.

The remaining crime data from the report is below:

Drug Possession                  832

Burglary                         728

Sex Assault                      468

Indecent Exposure                260

Sex Offense Against Child        260

Carrying Prohibited Weapon       208

Robbery                          208

Forgery                          156

Resisting Officer                156

Drug Trafficking                 104

Family Offense                   104

Fraud                            104

Intimidation                     104

Traffic Offense                  104

Arson                             52

Cruelty Toward Wife               52

Damage Property                   52

Failure To Appear                 52

Flight To Avoid Prosecution       52

Hit and Run                       52

Homicide                          52

Identity Theft                    52

Illegal Entry                     52

Kidnapping                        52

Obscene Material - Possession     52

Probation Violation               52

Prostitution                      52

Public Order Crimes               52

Vehicle Theft                     52

Violation of a Court Order        52

31 thoughts on “The First Detainer Report

  1. Willis,

    As I understand it, these are criminals that have served their time (or have been charged and are awaiting trial) for which ICE has issued a detainer, that is, a request that ICE be notified at least 48 hours before that individual is released. Do you think the report refers to something else?


    • Thanks, George. From the head post:

      This is the total for the first week, and if it holds up for twelve months, that would be over ten thousand people wanted by the cops that these sanctuary areas are putting back out on the streets during the year.



  2. 142 of 149 Texas releases from Travis County. I think I would make an issue of that if I were trying to unseat an incumbent in the next election in that county.


  3. I think those sanctuary cities are somewhat related to the no-go areas in certain european cities. It’s political. Somebody decided to do nothing, not to enforce existing laws. Probably out of ‘respect’ for those poor poor criminals.

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  4. I’ll take a wild guess that the number of DUI releases is so high because the prosecutors don’t want to bother with them. Although the potential for harm is high, it is too often considered a (nearly) victimless crime, and there isn’t any money to squeeze out of the offender. No ability to pay fines, no ability to pay for rehab classes or other remedial measures, and the alternative is to house them at government expense in the county jail after a costly trial. So they are shuffled out the door quickly (on personal recognizance) never to be seen again.

    If you have real assets and really need to keep a job, you get the full treatment for ever lower DUI limits, and help to line the pockets of several “interested” parties.


    • very true, but that has nothing to do with the issue being discussed, which is that these areas are releasing people who the Federal Government has asked them to hold on to because they are wanted for other reasons.


      • I’ll disagree… The DUIs are very likely the ones to be immediately released, before a detainer request could arrive to even be considered. Even holding them for more than one night is going to be money out of the police budget, so they have incentive to get them out the door before a the detainer request ever gets there.

        I find it very hard to believe that the counties in question have no suspicions that they are dealing with undocumented persons, and when they have a sanctuary policy (official or not), a quick release serves their financial and political ends at the same time.


          • Again, it gets back to what Willis said, that these people are accused of crimes, and the authorities have good reason to believe that if they were released, they will never be seen again. And still they get released on personal recognizance.

            It may well be that they get released before a detainer is ever issued, so don’t get counted in the stats. But the problem is real.


        • DaveK March 21, 2017 at 10:03 am

          I’ll disagree… The DUIs are very likely the ones to be immediately released, before a detainer request could arrive to even be considered.

          Dave, the spreadsheet I linked to shows the number of days between when the detainer was issued and the inmate was released. As I mentioned above, 95% of them were issued more than two days before the inmate was released. Median value was that the detainer was issued two and a half months before the inmate was released. Here’s the spread of the data showing quartiles, extremes, and the median:

             Min. 1st Qu.  Median    Mean 3rd Qu.    Max. 
              0.0     0.7     2.5     5.3     6.8    75.7 

          Since in general the detainers were in hand when the inmates were being considered for release, your explanation doesn’t hold up.




  5. It’s not only “caught” crimes, there will be many others unreported or not investigated. A grand daughter lives in one of the “better” parts of L.A. and they can’t leave anything worth any value out, even in the back yard as it will be quickly stolen. One of the many prices paid for cultural destruction.


  6. Willis, per your excellent advice:
    “Of the 206 inmates released, 11 were released in California, the only state on the list with a statewide sanctuary policy.”

    I’m sorry to report that Oregon also has a statewide sanctuary policy. We made the wall of shame with four releases.

    Despite only controlling a few populous counties, the Democrat machine controls all the levers of state government. There is a constant push back by the majority of the counties, but we’re simply outnumbered.

    In fact, our deranged governor has doubled down on this misguided policy to the exasperation of our state police and county sheriff’s.

    There’s a lot of work remaining, simply winning an election isn’t enough. I’ve never worked this hard making my opinion known after an election. I think we’d better stay engaged to support the recent sea change as it may well be our last, best hope.


  7. Willis: A dumb question… how do these stats deal with people who are held for multiple alleged crimes? For example does someone who was held for, say, DUI, drug possession, firearm possession, battery, and resisting arrest get counted five times?

    Also, I agree with Curious George that there’s something odd about the data. Every one of the numbers in the posted table is a multiple of 52.


    • the 52 thing is because this is one week’s worth of data being extrapolated out over a year, Willis says this in the article.


    • DaveK March 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Willis: A dumb question… how do these stats deal with people who are held for multiple alleged crimes? For example does someone who was held for, say, DUI, drug possession, firearm possession, battery, and resisting arrest get counted five times?

      Thanks for asking, Dave. First, on my planet the only dumb question is the question you don’t ask, so you never learn the answer … I mean, how dumb is that?

      To your question, let me recommend that you do what I do myself, which is to read the underlying original document. In this case it’s the linked Report, which describes the listed crime in what is actually quite poetic language as “a notable criminal activity” of the released inmate.

      Now, I would assume that somewhere in the bowels of the Justice Department there are further details of the inmate’s less notable crimes. However, I also assume that DoJ are concerned with not identifying the actual individual, since they have not given the individual’s name.

      So we may never know just what other crimes someone on this list who has been convicted of murder might have committed …



    • davidelang said:

      are you planning to do updates to this as the additional reports are released?

      Perhaps. Getting the data out of their weird publication was a pain. I’m sure someone will provide an alternative analysis. We’ll see how it plays.




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