It was previously reported that illegal immigrant and accused kidnapper Ruben Perez Rivera had been accidentally released from prison. Weeks later was accused of returning to the US and stabbing his cousin to death. New information shows that the release may have been part of a policy to intentionally release illegal immigrants.
Shortly after the state’s constitution was amended in 2006 to deny bail to illegal immigrants accused of serious crimes, court official Penny Stinson wrote an email instructing her staff to stop asking inmates about their immigration status. Stinson wrote a second email in March reminding her staff of the policy.