As my colleague Mike Miller reported, California is releasing up to 76,000 inmates from the State prisons, many of them violent criminals:
As reported by AP, more than 63,000 of the 76,000 inmates, who were convicted of violent crimes, will be eligible for “good behavior credits” that shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017. That includes nearly 20,000 inmates who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole.
Insane, or just me?
According to AP, the new rule took effect Saturday, but AP said “it will be months or years before any inmates go free earlier. Corrections officials say the goal is to reward inmates who better themselves while critics said the move will endanger the public.”
So, prison officials are in effect saying, “Listen up, guys — if you behave and play nice with your bunkie (wink-wink), don’t stick a shiv in some dude in the shower, and otherwise refrain from doing no-noes, we “might” let you outta here, early. We good?”
Crime rates have risen in California, especially in the major cities. Five Northern and Southern California cities have been rated as highest for crime, and with Governor Gavin Newsom, and the California Department of Corrections making more decisions to further his “Criminal Justice reform” penchant, this only looks to increase. Many California District Attorneys are saying, “No More”.
More than 40 district attorneys — including those from Marin, Napa and Solano counties — are petitioning against the potential early release of 76,000 inmates from California state prisons.
The district attorneys, led by Sacramento DA Anne Marie Schubert, filed a petition with the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Thursday, requesting the repeal of temporary emergency regulations awarding additional credits to more than 76,000 inmates that could potentially lead to their early release, according to a statement from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón is notably absent from this list. What a surprise.
Because of the structure of the program, it will be months or even years before any inmates are let go early, the AP reported. Still, critics, like the 41 prosecutors, say the public will be put at risk.
The regulations were passed under a “claim of emergency” and would result in the early release of “some of California’s most violent criminals,” according to the statement from Schubert’s office.
“Allowing the early release of the most dangerous criminals, shortening sentences as much as 50%, impacts crime victims and creates a serious public safety risk,” Schubert said. “This petition asks CDCR to repeal these regulations, begin the process anew, and allow for transparency and public input. Victims, their families, and all Californians deserve a fair and honest debate about the wisdom of such drastic regulations.”
“Transparency and public input”? A concept that California’s elected officials are intent on blocking at every turn. In this instance, it looks like our counties top cops are standing with the safety of the people.