U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report December 2019

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By David Olen Cross
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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The United States having a significant foreign national population residing within the nations boundaries, be they legally or illegally present in the country, unfortunately includes those who commit crimes.

The extent and impact of foreign national crime on the U.S. citizens and residents of this country is clearly revealed by a simple search on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmates statistics website under the heading of inmate citizenship.

Here are the countries of origin, moreover, the number and percentage of those countries citizens recently incarcerated in the U.S. BOP prison system (Note: The most recent BOP crime numbers available were from December 28, 2019.).

Inmate Citizenship:

- Mexico 19,978 inmates, 11.4 percent;
- Colombia 1,614 inmates, 0.9 percent;
- Dominican Republic 1,440 inmates, 0.8 percent;
- Cuba 1,088 inmates, 0.6 percent;
- Other / unknown countries 8,873 inmates, 5.1 percent;
- United States 142,123 inmates, 81.2 percent;

Total Inmates: 175,116 inmates.

To explain the meaning of these preceding criminal alien inmate numbers and percentages, I will translate them into words:

Combining December 28th BOP criminal alien inmate numbers, there were 32,993 criminal aliens in the BOP prison system. Alien inmates were 18.8 percent of the federal prison population.

With 19,978 Mexican nationals being incarcerated in the BOP prison system, at 60.6 percent, they were the vast majority of criminal aliens in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses. One of the top five offenses, the reason inmates are serving time in federal prisons is for immigration crimes. There were 9,910 inmates in the BOP prison system incarcerated for immigration crimes; they were 6.1 percent of the federal prison population.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is a crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to federal, state, county and city elected and non elected governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the United States of America. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His current and past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.