Corrections Dept. Hopes to Deport, Export Prisoners

Corrections Dept. Hopes to Deport, Export Prisoners

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah Corrections officials are hoping a few hundred prisoners might be exported or deported to alleviate budget woes.

Having inmates who are illegal immigrants deported and getting other states to accept Utah prisoners who also committed crimes in their areas is seen as an alternative to early releases.

Corrections spokesman Jack Ford said a list of about 300 inmates is being prepared.

Half of those are undocumented immigrants who could be released to immigration officials for deportation. The other half are inmates awaiting trials or prison time in other states.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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