Calif. Gov: Pay Mexico to build prisons for illegals

January 26, 2010 10:12:55 AM PST
Governor Schwarzenegger has an unusual proposal for reducing state prison spending. He wants to pay Mexico to build prisons to house California's illegal immigrant inmates.

He says it is cheaper to build and staff prisons in Mexico and the $1 billion in savings could go directly to education instead. The idea was originally pitched by a former head of the state parole board, but it was never developed.

Governor Schwarzenegger has previously proposed shipping inmates out of state, but never out of the country.