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.
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.
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 …
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