Sex offenders want to be deported but California keeps them

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper reports that about 30 men in the country illegally and with sex crime records remain in custody in California despite having completed their sentences and wanting to be deported.

The Fresno Bee reported Thursday the state spends millions of dollars a year to detain the men at Coalinga State Hospital, which houses sexually violent predators.

The men committed crimes and served their prison sentences. But a state-mandated mental evaluation of sex offenders — a policy that went into effect in 1996 — put them in Coalinga instead of back into society.

The Department of State Hospitals says that it does not track patients’ immigration status, and that only a judge can decide if patients are ready to be released. ICE says the decision is up to the state.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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