Oklahoma Deporting Illegal Immigrants

Oklahoma has 200 more empty beds in their prison system.

A year-old state law in Oklahoma is clearing them out. Under the law, illegal immigrants can be deported back to their home countries.

A state spokesman says the law works because deported inmates are not in the prison system, taking up bed space.

He says most of the 185 being deported were convicted of drug and alcohol offenses.

Federal officials say Oklahoma is one of about five states using similar methods to decrease prison overcrowding.