The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería completed a study that it says will allow a better support system for harsher deportation measures.
The new digital database for the foreign prison population in Costa Rica has a profile for each inmate. This is to serve all security agencies in the country as a way to share the vital prisoner information. It is not open to the public and only available to the security agencies of the country.
According to Mario Zamora Cordero, minister of security, this new system will show the immigration status of the foreigner. After serving time, the foreign convict will be deported back to his or her country. He said this new way will serve for better security in the country.
This new technology is a necessary tool for a more intelligent system to keep the agencies up to speed, said Zamora. He said the new system will make imprisoned immigrant information easily accessible to all agencies so there will be no confusion to the next step with the prisoner.
“This will generate a state of control where they did not have it before,” Zamora said.
Before the study, officials had no accounting of the immigrant prison population, but now they will have such an advantage, he said. Instead of an immigrant being set loose into the community after serving his or her time, the ex-convict will now be sent on a one-way ticket back to his or her homeland. Immigrants who commit a crime and do time will be deported as soon as their time in jail has been completed, Zamora said
He made this announcement during a press conference Monday morning at the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería in La Uruca. Freddy Montero,the deputy director of immigration, presented a report analyzing the population of foreigners in the penal system.
According to the study, in 2011 just 7 percent of the foreign prison population was female.
Some 16 percent of all Costa Rican prisoners are foreign nationals, according to the study.
Out of the entire prison population 10.4 percent are from Nicaragua. This makes them the largest group of immigrants in the penal system. Then Colombians follow with a 1.9 percent, Panama and the United States tie with less than 1 percent each.
Nicaraguans are 70 percent of the immigrants in Costa Rica, according to Montero.