Probation, instead of deportation
Though eligible to be put out of the country, some illegal immigrant criminals avoid prison
— Houston Chronicle2
A Houston Chronicle investigation found 330 cases involving defendants sentenced to some form of probation in Harris County — despite admitting to the jailer upon their arrest that they were in the country illegally.At least 44 of those cases involved defendants who later had their probation revoked and were sent to prison or who now have outstanding arrest warrants, the investigation found.
Slightly more than half of the 330 cases involved felony charges. In a handful of cases, illegal immigrants under the county’s supervision later were accused of committing serious crimes, including aggravated assault and sexual abuse of a child.
The review was based on arrest, immigration and court records for more than 3,500 inmates who said they were in the country illegally when they were booked into jail over a span of eight months, starting in June 2007, the earliest immigration documents available.
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