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2:12 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

"Illegal" Profits

Oklahoma City, OK – Some Okla jails benefit from housing immigrants

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Many Oklahomans may want them gone, but for some counties keeping illegal immigrants here in jail can help the bottom line.

Officials say the Tulsa County jail brought in nearly $6 million over an 18-month period that ended in January for detaining and transporting illegal immigrants.

Tim Albin says contracting with the federal government for such services has allowed the department to save money and it has taken illegal immigrants off the street.

It was a different story in Jefferson County, where officials had a contract to detain illegal immigrants from 1998 until the pact abruptly ended in 2003.

The jail closed, resulting in the losses of about 40 jobs and an economic impact of $2.5 million.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com