The Practice of International Prisoner Transfer Treaties

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Wednesday, June 1, 1994
Erika Ellertson Barnes
This article provides a summary of the comments of Richard Douglas, Esq., a managing attorney at Latour and Associates and a board member of the Federal Bar Association, at a Bar Association meeting. A variety of methods are used to transfer prisoners to their home countries, including informal and formal measures, such as the establishment of international prisoner exchange treaties. Three elements are common to all prisoner transfer treaties: at least six months remaining in the sentence, consent, and that there are no appeals by the prisoner pending in the first state. Douglas emphasized that international prisoner transfer treaties are important vehicles both for returning U.S. citizens imprisoned abroad and for reducing the significant costs of holding foreign nationals in U.S. jails. He also highlighted the lack of knowledge about existing treaties?[more]