Supreme Court blocks early release of prisoners

January 19, 2010

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked an attempt to allow the early release of 40,000 prisoners in California. [Los Angeles Times]

The early release is being advocated as a way to reduce prison overcrowding in California. However, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday morning to put off ruling on the issue for a few months.

Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger originally filed an appeal to the justices, challenging the ruling of a three-judge panel who found that prisoners were being denied adequate health care because of overcrowding. The governor is challenging the rights of judges to order such a dramatic reduction in the prison population.

The three judges ordered the state to come up with an early release plan and Sacramento complied. The Supreme Court is blocking the prisoner release until they can decide whether or not the judges went too far in their ruling.

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There’s got to be some middle ground here, I don’t want all the competition for that one janitor job opening, can’t they just drop them of in Somalia or Irac, some where they will be proud to call home, if they excel there, they can buy a ticket home, if they go back to their old ways the old ways will deal with them. On the other hand I’m tired of feeding these clowns locked up for dealing or growing pot, let them out and make them grow tomatoes to pay back all the free rent, and these repeat, repeat, repeat drunk drivers, five years for drunk driving, ten years for drunk driving, this is an issue that I am sick of, and for once I don’t know what to do about it, take their license or take their hands, kind of hard to drive a standard car without hands! I know that’s absurd, but so is running over the second child drunk, bad enough to run over a first one, run over mine and I’d want your hands. Back to my point that I am trying to grasp, we need prison reform yes, but to just let them out, is not reform, let’s let the good ones out and let the bad ones build stuff again, you know they used to be good for cheap labor, until to many companies complained. Firemen, rock breakers, freeway cleaners, lets put them back to work so that they will know how when they get out. Non-violent pot offenders should be let out first, then all the guys who spit on the sidewalk!

Nicely said Paperboys. This system is so corrupt, it’s a big business to have Americans incarcerated for the most ridiculous violations. I would have been oblvious to what’s really going on if I would not have experienced the unjust treatment my husband received and how he was guilty before proven innocent in the eyes of the court. Between the arrogant prosecutor and the unfair judge they scared him in to taking a plea bargain so now he’s one of the many American’s doing prison time for a crime he did not commit.

If the crime they are accusing you of does not provide DNA samples, then you are completely screwed unless you find a decent lawyer that takes pride in doing a job well done, doesn’t charge an outrages fee and actually cares about his client. Good Luck!

The following information about our percentage of American’s incarcerated is from Wikipedia:

The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world.[4][5] The U.S. incarceration rate on December 31, 2008 was 754 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents.[6] The USA also has the highest total documented prison and jail population in the world.[4][7][8]

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): “In 2008, over 7.3 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole at yearend — 3.2% of all U.S. adult residents or 1 in every 31 adults.”[9]

We do like;,, tend to eat to much too, prisons are a business, America has turned into a business, a business of where justice is bought and sold , and I’m sure money will play a role in who is let out, also! It’s no longer what’s best, it’s what’s best for business!

The governor doesn’t need anyone’s permission to release prisoners. It’s called a ”pardon” and neither judges nor Legislators can do anything about it because of double jeopardy.

Arnold should just start cutting people loose with a pardon and an admonishment that they’d better keep their noses clean or they’ll wind up right back in jail.

That’s one of the fundamental problems with this state. When I grew up in California, it was the state of freedom, love, peace and lots of space for families to grow and business to prosper. People had a sense of live and let live.

I don’t know when it happened (probably over several years) but California is no longer the place I grew up in.

Instead of love and freedom, we’re now the state of ”zero tolerance,” ”3-strikes and you’re out,” the helmet law and ”Click-it or Ticket-it!”

We’ve passed so many laws that we’re drowning in the bureaucracy of law enforcement and regulatory oversight. The onerous laws and regulations in this state — from the state Constitution, to the various state code books, agency regulations, county ordinances, muni-codes, fire codes, building codes, ad infinitum — we are killing any chance we have to grow our economy and solve the budget mess in Sacramento.

California residents and businesses have been over-regulated to the point where the tax base can no longer sustain the bureaucracy needed to enforce all those laws.

So I say to Arnold, ”Let my people GO!”

“California residents and businesses have been over-regulated to the point where the tax base can no longer sustain the bureaucracy needed to enforce all those laws.” Paperboy again say’s it best!