Congressman still seeking answers in Garcia early release

Congressman still seeking answers in Garcia early release

POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:49pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:50pm

Congressman Beto O'Rourke is still trying to get an explanation from the the U.S. Bureau of Prisons as to why it's releasing former El Paso Independent School District superintendent Lorenzo Garcia a year early, despite Judge David Briones' recommendation.

Garcia was sentenced to three years prison in part for a cheating scandal that pushed hundreds of kids out of the district so he could receive bonuses.

NewsChannel 9 broke the story of Garcia's granted release for completing a drug abuse program, despite Briones' recommendation against it. He is set to be released from USP Lewisburg in Pennsylvania in November.

The story spurred outrage from O'Rourke's office and letters exchanged between him and the BOP in November.

In his second letter dated January 8, the congressman says he wasn't satisfied with their response, saying "your letter did not clearly answer the questions... on this matter."

He also sought clarification on what led the Bureau to disregard the judge's recommendation.

"I write with deep concern that justice be served for the students who were irreparably harmed by Doctor Garcia's criminal actions."

The B.O.P. spokesman said they wouldn't comment about why they have yet to respond.

To read the letters, click on the attachment below.

Bureau of Prisons O'Rourke Communication.pdf542.09 KB

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