“California is set to release at least 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes in an effort to create ‘safer prisons,'” according to the Washington Examiner.
“‘The goal is to increase incentives for the incarcerated population to practice good behavior and follow the rules while serving their time and participate in rehabilitative and educational programs, which will lead to safer prisons,’ Dana Simas, a state Office of Administrative Law spokeswoman, said in a statement about the mass release of prisoners in the Golden State. [emphasis added]
“‘Additionally, these changes would help to reduce the prison population by allowing incarcerated persons to earn their way home sooner,’ she added…
“Of those who are set to be released, nearly 20,000 are serving life sentences. Another 10,000 inmates were convicted for serious nonviolent offenses who have served half of their initial sentence. [emphasis added]
“Criminal Justice Legal Foundation Legal Director Kent Scheidegger slammed the state for releasing the prisoners, arguing the plan was “just a giveaway” and not “useful” in determining whether an inmate should or should not be released… [emphasis added]
“A number of Republican lawmakers in the state have opposed the move and criticized Gov. Gavin Newsom for acting ‘on his own authority, instead of the will of the people.’”
For more of this report, please go to the Washington Examiner.
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