California freeing violent inmates

April 1, 2010

In an attempt to save money, the state of California is releasing prisoners early, including some who were convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and attacks on children and the elderly. [Associated Press]

The state’s early release program specifically forbids officials from releasing prisoners convicted of 150 different crimes, including rape and murder. However, any offense that is not specifically listed qualifies for release and individual counties can then decide who gets out.

Sacramento approved the early release program last year as a way to cut costs and reduce crowded state prisons and county jails–figures as high as $1 billion have been used in claiming financial savings.

More than 2,000 prisoners were released statewide before completing their full sentences, according to the California State Sheriff’s Association.

In Orange County, for example, about 8 percent of the 278 inmates who were released early had been convicted of crimes including assault, battery, domestic violence, and inflicting injury to a child.

Illinois recently suspended its early release program after almost 200 inmates had returned to prison for new crimes–authorities determined that the program was releasing prisoners too early.

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Chevron gouged $24 billions in excessive profits in 2008, as per Schwarzenegger should put an excessive profits tax on these profits, instead of protecting the oil corporations from fair taxation, then, there would be sufficient public funds for all the vulnerable, people programs. Big business lost the fight to eliminate domestic violence funding, so now they are coming back with a vengeance. There is no funding provision for battered women shelters in the proposed budget. Schwarzee picks on the most vulnerable, and not on corporate “deadbeats.”

There is a leadership crisis in Sacramento. Why did the governor allow the budget crisis to happen in the first place?