For some people the jail is the sanctuary not the city

by Andi Boggs | April 26, 2017

Regarding sanctuary cities:

It may not be realized by the average citizen that for members of the under class of society, the poor, drug addicted, beggars and lifetime criminals, who are at risk of being attacked, robbed, raped or killed at night on the streets, jail is sometimes better than another freezing, rainy, sleepless night on the streets. This group might include troubled and hopeless illegal immigrants with criminal records like Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez who shot and killed a 32 year old woman named Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015 on a pier in San Francisco. In the selfish criminal mind of Lopez-Sanchez, a long term prison sentence may have been better than getting deported again.

There are some people with criminal records who only committed crimes to get off the streets and into the comfort of the jails. California has always been a state with an over-abundance of jails, as memorialized in literature by the title of Upton Sinclair’s book, “The Land of Orange Groves and Jails” and California still spends billions building new state of the art prisons, full of drug addicts as well as lifetime criminals for whom getting thrown in jail is a welcome respite from life on the streets.

In the case of the tragic death of the innocent woman in San Francisco who was shot to death by the illegal immigrant with 7 felonies who had been previously deported 5 times, it is possible that the killer committed the unforgivable crime purposefully to go to jail. Committing a crime could have been his last defense against being deported for the 6th time. This is an aspect of the jail system that is easy to overlook because the psychology of the criminal is not considered in the arrest process. For some people, jail is an improvement from whatever there situation is. Not all troubled illegal immigrants would do something so treacherously selfish, but some have and it will happen again. For some illegal immigrants, the sanctuary isn't the city but the jail.




Almasy, S., Brown, P., & Martin, A.
(4 July 2015) Suspect in killing of California woman had been deported 5 times CNN