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Cato Institute Finds Flaw In Arizona Inmate Study

More holes are being shot through an illegal immigration crime study quoted as fact by conservative lawmakers and media outlets.

The Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank funded by the conservative Charles Koch Foundation, pointed out a flaw in fellow conservative John Lott's claim that illegal immigrants make up most of the inmates in Arizona's prison system.

Cato researcher Alex Nowrasteh looked closer at Lott's study and noticed he included all of the inmates who were non-citizen and deportable.

"That includes illegal immigrants, it includes a number of legal immigrants in the U.S. and includes other people like tourists, who are also in prison and deported," said Nowrasteh.

Since Arizona and most every state does not monitor whether inmates are undocumented Nowraseth looked at the one state that does track it, Texas.

"And found, that illegal immigrants are substantially less likely to be convicted of crimes in the state of Texas than are native born Americans," he csaid. "The results there are the exact opposite of the John Lott study."

Nowrasteh said that aligns with research showing people who take great risk to move to another country for stability are far more likely to stay out of trouble.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.