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Legal quirk often shortens prison time for criminal aliens

Article subtitle: 
Appellate court ruling allows judge’s discretion to impose reduced sentence because of immigration status
Article publisher: 
Washington Times
Article date: 
January 2, 2018
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

... Because illegal immigrants and other criminal aliens usually aren’t released into halfway houses for fear they’ll abscond, they can — at least in some courtrooms — get a lesser sentence all around...

The 1994 decision has been cited dozens of times since it was issued, but not all of the cases addressed the halfway house concern.
The appellate courts for the 2nd, 10th and 11th Circuits have ruled the other way, saying that reducing a sentence amounts to rewarding a felon for not being a citizen...

Deportable aliens are those in the country illegally or whose crimes invalidate their visitor status or green card...