Foreign Nationals Make Up 25% of the Prison Population in the United States

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Our prisons are expensive and, more than that, an ever-increasing number of inmates are foreigners: 21.7% of the federal prison population are foreign nationals. That information comes from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. If one includes the numbers in state and local prisons, foreign nationals make up a total of 25 percent of the U.S. prison population.

Federal Prisoners

In 2015, it was determined that the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates in Fiscal Year 2015 was $31,977.65 ($87.61 per day).

That doesn’t count the cost of violent criminals committing crimes in prison.

Total Prison Population

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has confirmed that foreign nationals make up 25 percent of the total prison population in America. The number of foreigners in local and state prisons has risen 35 percent since 2005.

Of the 55,000 foreign nationals currently imprisoned in U.S. detention facilities, approximately 38,500 of them are Mexican nationals. Of those imprisoned Mexican nationals, 65 percent of them are serving time for illegal immigration offenses, with the second most common offenae being drug related crimes.

Mexican drug cartels are becoming a very serious problem in the United States and this does need to be considered.

Some say it’s unfair to imprison people for illegal immigration offenses.


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