Was reading the WSJ about the Arizona immigration laws, and they for some reason had a picture of convicts near a fence next to it. Then it struck me, what if we took something like 1) on a volunteer basis - acquire up to 500,000 current prisoners, convicted of non-violent crimes, having 3-10 years left on their sentence and having VERY good behavior in prison 2) Put nonremovable tracking devices on each ankle, each wrist and their neck. They are all intercommunicatory. If you try to remove one, the others blow up 3) They are only allowed to patrol in practically uninhabited regions (GPS - tied in to their tracking devices). For each 3-5 prisoners, a border agent is assigned, and has 24-hour monitoring access to all prisoners, via their tracking devicecs. 4) They are equipped with food, water, night-vision goggles, and other surveiillance gear. 5) For EACH illegal immigrant they capture (nonviolently), they shave 6 months off their sentence. For each LEGAL immigrant they capture, their sentence INCREASES 6 months. This is to keep them from hauling in every latino in site. They will quickly learn the difference. I suspect a lot of them will take up residence right on the border, to nab people who are actually crossing over, like on the border 6) Prisoners who prove to be very good at nabbing illegals (and thus, reduce their sentence to nothing) also have the right to compete for border agent positions, a shot at a real job when they get out. 7) Any prisoner who commits a crime will lose all privileges and sentence reduction so far earned. Any prisoner who takes part, and gets out of prison and is then again convicted of a future crime, cannot again participate in this program. THOUGHTS?