Sequestering could lead to increase in crime, sheriff says

Butch Conway

Butch Conway

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With the release of illegal immigrants from federal detention centers this week, Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway says public safety could be compromised if the federal "sequestering" expected to begin Friday continues for a long period.

"It's not a good situation," Conway said. "If it lasts more than a few weeks our jail population could begin to increase."

While much of the direct impact of the move -- a series cuts totaling $85 billion -- has not been determined, federal officials released thousands of illegal immigrants awaiting deportation proceedings.

Conway said he was not sure how it would impact the county's participation in the 287(g) program, which allows deputies to check the immigration status of an inmate and begin deportation proceedings. The worst offenders, who are incarcerated for serious crimes, would not be released, he said.

But the program has become a quite a crime deterrent here, with the jail population down by about 400 inmates since it began. Some of those illegally in the country left, while others have been more cautious to commit even the most minor offenses like driving without a license, Conway said.

That caution could go away without the fear of deportation, Gwinnett's top lawman said.

"If it's long enough it changes attitudes, we could expect a hit to our budget," Conway said of the county having to foot more of the bill for an increase in crime rates.

Officials have said the cuts could impact public health services and senior programs such as Meals on Wheels, although the local impact has not been determined.

Gwinnett leaders have also received word that the cuts would require the closure of the air traffic control tower at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, and the school system is expecting a $3.4 million hit in federal grants.


notblind 2 years, 1 month ago

This is the chaos you get when you try to get an addict to come clean. In this case the addict is the federal government and the drug is OUR money. It's amazing how much Obama and all the rest in Washington hate the citizens of this country. Millions for Syrians and billions for Egypt but here at home it's GET SCREWED CITIZENS !!


citized 2 years, 1 month ago

But here in Gwinnett don't we have enough cops to handle this situtation? It seems that we have 2 cops for every person in Gwinnett!


Why_not 2 years, 1 month ago

You need to educate yourself.


jrg2218 2 years, 1 month ago

Please explain to me how in the world deportation is punishment or even a deterrent? They are then free to come right back in and do more crime.


gwinnettresident1 2 years, 1 month ago

You forgot that our county tax money pays to send them home a few days...Nice little get together with the family and back here to do the crimes again.


R 2 years, 1 month ago

As to what good deportation does, I vote we actually try it for an extended period of time to find out, while increasing the armament of our border patrol with all that hardware returning from places like Afghanistan. (While providing the rules of engagement to actually use it, like live rounds aggressively etc.)

Afghanistan, one country where we have spent more funds securing its border that here. The country where Secretary Janet Napolitano made one of the last government visits to discuss security matters.

Shortly after her visit, apparently the Afghans were so impressed they cancelled any attempts and rebuffed any more discussions that pertained to American forces remaining behind…

Some of those folks may live in caves, but they weren’t born yesterday either…


dentaldawg83 2 years, 1 month ago

Since when did every one of our political leaders turn into such whining crybabies?..This is all I've heard and read for some time now. Government is dysfunctional and overpriced on all levels and these scaredycats should be proactively thinking aboout how they can function in the "new normal" like the rest of us.

note: IMO our sheriff is a very competent official who does a good job, but darn folks...


BuzzG 2 years, 1 month ago

Butch Conway, you're a crybaby and it is disgusting that we the people should have to pay for that over-sized paycheck of yours.


TOWG 2 years, 1 month ago

I am really disappointed in Sheriff Conway. I've always thought he was pretty much of a straight up guy and not the type to engage in fear mongering and political hysteria.


JV 2 years, 1 month ago

Plenty of places to cut spending other than police, teachers, air traffic controllers, meat inspectors, etc. Including the top cops of the land. What a waste.

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SnellvilleEE 2 years, 1 month ago

Let me remind you of sheriff arresting Chairman Banister for DUI. However, GBI blood test proved Mr. Banister was sober. We need to replace Barney Fife with a real sheriff.


notblind 2 years, 1 month ago

So you're saying that Sheriff Conway was IN the cruiser that pulled Bannister over and personally arrested him ??? Are you really that dumb ?? Once Bannister was arrested it would have been inappropriate in the extreme for Sheriff Conway to intervene in anyway.


SnellvilleEE 2 years, 1 month ago

So you think the Sheriff is not responsible for supervising his organization. You sound like an Obama supporter.


R 2 years, 1 month ago

The bigger question was "Why was a county elected official seen drinking and then operating a county supplied vehicle afterward?”

Not the best made personal choice ever on record, but totally under the former chairman's control.


kevin 2 years, 1 month ago

I do not think Conway is that stupid to be talking like this. You make cuts where they have to so long as you keep the most important function of your department going. It appears that all forms are government think they are "too big to fail!" Is this yet another "copy-cat" crime against the taxpayer? We will learn to deal with smaller government. You will see. It is time for the people to take matters into their own hands anyway.


R 2 years, 1 month ago

Pardon me for all those jumping on the Sherriff’s message here; I really do hate to interrupt a good rant. In a nut shell, the man is simply stating the facts.

The President of our great nation has in fact allowed his precious DHS Secretary to release criminal illegal aliens (that supposedly have no resources) back into the community at large because of the famed “sequester”.

(AKA - the Sky is falling bill due to the 2 percent or so reduction in the rate of INCREASED Federal spending)

An act he developed, supported and actually signed into law himself.
You know the one he CLEARLY stated that during a national campaign debate appearance would NEVER occur… remember?

If that single act alone doesn’t contribute to increased crime, I don’t know what would.

*Bonus points if you realize they actually paid out OVERTIME to do it...


SnellvilleEE 2 years, 1 month ago

More like his opinion. However, the problem with liberal statements is determining where one lie ends and the next begins.


Stu 2 years, 1 month ago

Dude, please, let's get a grip. The folks who are being released from detention should never have been there in the first place. Their "crimes" consist of minor traffic violations like broken tail lights, and, in many cases, not even that -- just being pulled over at a checkpoint and not having a license. What a colossal waste of taxpayers' money, not to mention a gross violation of civil liberties. The last time I checked, America was supposed to be the land of freedom, not a police state.

Should we really be waking up at night in a cold sweat because our Hispanic neighbors won't be so terrorized that they are afraid to drive to church or to the market? To me, that would be a good thing! Forcing a whole population to live in a state of constant fear is neither human nor good public policy. In any case, it's about time we freed up our police to focus on serious crimes.

It's pretty chilling to hear our Sheriff take credit for having scared Hispanics into leaving Gwinnett. Those are our neighbors he's talking about! And they are also the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, who will now take their talents somewhere else. I personally don't think that ethnic cleansing is something to be proud of.

The whole crackdown on immigrants is a scam. It is a draconian solution in search of a problem. The only beneficiary is the private prison industry. The losers are the rest of us -- not only our Hispanic brothers and sisters, who are seeing their families systematically separated and destroyed, but all Gwinnett residents, as we see our tax dollars squandered, our economy damaged, and our liberties and humanity diminished by this wasteful, cruel, ill-conceived policy.


R 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey get a grip dude …..

They aren't even supposed to be here to begin with!!

They didn't have driver’s licenses or insurance to be on the road, so that they could get a opportunity to even get a ticket to begin with…

I sure wish there were taxis or bus service for these poor, down trotten souls to use ... OH Wait!! There is!

There is ABSOLUTELY no reason to be caught behind a wheel EVER!

At ALL!!!! Since you claim thats how they all got there... Try again!

They weren’t supposed to be on the roads to t-bone and both wound or outright kill your neighbors to begin with!

They weren’t supposed to be here to expose our children and school faculties to TB either, but it sure didn’t stop them…

Illegals are a "victimless crime" alright, until the day YOU or YOURS become the victim!

Since Illegal is not a race, it’s a private, personal CHOSEN state of being, the elimination of illegals is NOT an ethnic cleansing ….

Care to try again?


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