California Leaders Want to Release Even MORE Inmates Early — What Could Go Wrong?

California Leaders Want to Release Even MORE Inmates Early — What Could Go Wrong?

After California voters passed Proposition 47 in 2014, thousands of felons suddenly found themselves walking free on reduced misdemeanor charges. It was a victory for leftist policymakers, but their constituents have paid dearly ever since, with violent crime spikes as high as 50% in cities across the once-Golden State.

Despite Prop 47's aim, which was to reduce prison overcrowding, the criminal population has shown no signs of slowing. In fact, within three years of release, 65% of criminals re-offend and find themselves back in prison.

While Prop 47 was a disaster for public safety, Prop 57 only added fuel to the fire. Passed in 2016 by the same idiotic populace, violent offenders suddenly found themselves eligible for early release. Crimes like child molestation and human trafficking became 'non-violent' offenses, and to add further insult to injury, leftist Governor Jerry Brown still increased California's corrections budget to $11.4 billion, up from $10.6 billion last year.

In essence, if you are a career criminal, there is no better place for you than California.

Today, long-time offenders can rejoice as California's policy makers explore yet another measure to release more violent criminals back onto our streets.

From the Associated Press:

To ease overcrowding in state prisons, California lawmakers want to release more of the state’s older prisoners and more of the inmates who were young when they committed their crimes.

The two bills sent to Gov. Jerry Brown in the waning days of the legislative session are the latest attempt to keep the prison population below the cap set by federal judges, with the goal of eventually ending federal oversight.

One requires parole officials to consider whether “age, time served and diminished physical condition” reduced the risk for future violence by older inmates. And the other mandates officials consider whether young people fully understood their actions and if their lack of maturity allowed for a greater chance of rehabilitation.

The measures follow voter-approved early-release efforts in recent years that have reduced penalties for drug and property crimes and, most recently, allowed more sentencing credits that can lead to earlier releases for inmates who complete rehabilitation programs.

Retroactively changing felonies to misdemeanors didn't work. Early parole didn't work. Why on earth would considering age or maturity work?

Perhaps the corrections budget increase was necessary, as the new measures would add an additional 170 parole hearings each year. Should the proposal pass, over 2,000 inmates would instantly qualify, including notorious mass murderer Charles Manson.

“Why not Charles Manson? For heaven’s sake, he’s done a lot of time, he’s really suffered. Poor guy.”
— Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), mocking the bills during a Senate debate

The most disturbing aspect of the proposals isn't the fact that older inmates would be considered for release, since elderly criminals would be less likely to re-offend due to health and mobility issues. Rather, it's the younger offenders that would be eligible for early release.

Currently, there are about 131,500 inmates in the California prison system. Over 10% of the population is aged 18-24, all of whom would qualify for early release consideration, including gang members, thieves and other violent criminals. Elderly inmates account for about 7% of the prison population.

In short, California wishes to release the 10% most dangerous offenders it has back onto our streets.

Public safety no longer exists in California. With each measure, California slowly moves toward being the ultimate haven for career criminals, damned be the innocent and law-abiding among us.

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