Thursday, June 19, 2008

Criminally Lax.

Are we asking for trouble? We send children and women back to their respective countries-even if they have blended seamlessly and socially into the community but NOT criminals? We don't even monitor them? What the hell kind of logic is involved in this situation?

From today's indo.

JUST one in five non-EU nationals has been deported after serving a prison sentence here, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Confidential new figures show more than 766 prisoners from outside Europe were released from Irish jails over the past seven years.

But only 128 of the most serious offenders were sent back to their home countries, leaving more than 638 former inmates unmonitored.

A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said a breakdown of the type of offences committed could not be provided. However, he admitted that crimes could be "anything", ranging from the most minor offences to the most serious.

The Department of Justice said the figures could relate to someone in the asylum process, or someone on a work permit or holiday visa who committed an offence while in the State.

A spokesman said each case is considered on its individual merits and any decision on deportation depends on the gravity of the offence and the person's status in this country.

Deportations can take years if there is an appeal.

The gardai confirmed last night they do not monitor individuals released from prison unless required to by a court."

That is just staggering and I can't understand whey there isn't a bigger kerfuffle about it. Serious criminals, illegally in our country, released into the community, unfettered and unwatched. Unreal.



Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Saw a great story about some unidentified non English-speaking furriner with no papers locked up for a misdemeanor in an Irish jail. He's happy out, or should I say in. No one knows what to do with him.

I reckon a lot of it is not serious crime and because there are no processes in place it can be a way for them to extend their stay/get lost in paperwork land.

1:01 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ship them back totheir own countries...end of. Especially the Romanians and Turks

2:39 p.m.  
Anonymous AM in Brussels said...

You should try reading what she said Anon. Illegally in the country.

That excludes Romanians.

Anyway. It's typical of the government really. It just doesn't surprise me at all.

Whether or not a serious crime as taken place, the authorities (whoever they might be) should know when someone is getting out of jail, know the crime they committed, and if it was serious, re-arrest them, detain them, and stick them on a plane back to wherever it was they came.

4:59 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

There's the same problem in the U.S. with little follow-through or connection between different arms of law enforcement and immigration. The pencil pushers and the po-po don't work together.

5:14 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Nobody seems to give a rat's ass here either.

You must excuse me, I had a lunch with the spaniard, and bought rabbit and flowers and cooking wine. I may need to go work for a while and gibber softly to myself-even though I an NOT drunk.

6:21 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I know what will sober you up, FMC.
Did you see the clip of Michael O'Leary saying Ryan Air will give free blowjobs in Business Class?

7:22 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Fuck no, but why am I not surprised.

8:04 p.m.  
Blogger dublinstreams said...

where's your feed button

8:54 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Which feed button would this be? Do I automatically get jelly babies?*

* please marmalade let it be so...

9:06 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Oh god, techie looking for a feed button. His Mammy must have thrown him out!

9:18 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Mammy? Is there Lilac involved anywhere?
Mmmmm, corn on the cob, with real butter, you just can't beat it.

9:30 p.m.  
Anonymous Dr.JaneDoe said...

"Deportations can take years if there is an appeal."
The Irish government truly has me perplexed when it comes to their immigration policies. Years my hole. Two years ago they dragged an African trainee surgical SHO out of the operating theatre while he was scrubbed in, because his visa had lapsed by something ridiculous like one day. He had tried already to renew it, but as everyone knows, getting official things done in Ireland in anything remotely resembling a timely manner is well nigh impossible. They recently deported a very nice man who lives in the same town as us, and as he had previously lived in a different EU state, they deported him to that state-and deported his wife and kids back to Africa. The fact that there aren't marches and petitions against this sort of thing shows just what a bunch of apathetic racists we all are.

3:15 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That is exactly what I mean DJD, they're super quick to grab up people who can contribute to Irish society and who are prepared to make a go it, so why are they dragging their heels on ridding us of the undesirables.

6:43 a.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

The judge would need to make it a condition of sentence that they are deported after the end of sentence, otherwise it is considered that they served their time and it is not a legal issue. The Immigration Department is a completely separate animal. Why would anyone expect joined up thinking by government when all they concentrate on is their next expenses claim. I think illegals who commit crimes should be deported immediately and not loll in prison at taxpayers expense.
and Medbh - Michael O'Leary was joking. He is a sharp businessman with an eye to the shock line that will get him newspaper inches and free publicity - rather like Richard Branston only a bit more direct and blunt.

4:35 p.m.  

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