Sheriffs support early release prisoner bill

June 11, 2012

Faced with the cost of a rapidly growing inmate population, California sheriffs are backing a bill that would allow some felons to leave county jails before completing minimum sentences.

The bill, authored by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would grant compassionate release to prisoners with less then six months to live. Also, for inmates  who suffer from a permanent medical condition that requires 24-hour care for help with the activities of daily living, like dressing, bathing or feeding, they would receive medical probation in lieu of jail time.

As a result of realignment, a policy enacted last October that allows offenders convicted of nonserious, nonviolent, nonsexual crimes to serve their sentences in the jurisdictions where they were convicted, tens of thousands of low-level felons who would have served time in state prison are instead sent to county jails. Counties are now required to cover the higher cost associated with longer-term inmates whose care can run up to $2,000 a day compared with $110 a day for a healthier inmate.

In addition, the bill would allow ailing inmates to enroll in Medi-Cal if they are on medical probation, and the county would only have pay the portion of their Med-Cal costs not covered by the federal government.

Leno authored a similar bill that allows medical parole for state prisoners. It permits permanently incapacitated felons in state prisons to be paroled.

Since January, 38 prisoners in California have received medical parole saving the state an estimated $19 million annually.



  1. Ted Slanders says:

    Early release of felons is a mockery of our justice system and goes directly against Christian bible principles! The California laws on the books have varied specific prison time, and when released earlier than expected, it not only is a mockery, but a possible danger to the communities involved, notwithstanding the additional costs to these communities.

    “Whoever will not obey the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be strictly executed on him, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of his goods or for imprisonment.” ( Ezra 7:26)

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    • Slowerfaster says:

      Brother Ted…Once again your Monday morning revelations are on FIRE. The Sunday sermons musta been Lulu’s !

      I would go with the cheapest alternative for these violators: Organising one-way bus trips for banishment into the land of Nod ( Utah ) for all the low-level drug offenders. Drop them off right in the center of Salt Lake City to let allow the Smithians and Youngists to deal with them.
      The others could be dropped off in that Babylon of sin: Las Vegas, but that’s a bit too close for re-migration.

      NO! I say to take the hard-cores to Texas and Oklahoma, despite the added costs.
      Hell, they will blend right in with the locals at those dens of inquity and never WANT to come back to our fair shores.


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      • Ted Slanders says:

        Brother Slowerfaster,

        Bible principles will always win out because it is the word of our Christian God that 75 percent of this nation “allegedly” follows!

        The individuals that press the dislike button on my godly truth, are obviously the other 25 percent that don’t follow the Christian doctrine as set forth within the scriptures. They will pay dearly upon Judgment Day, that is a given, praise!

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  2. Spirit Filled says:

    Let the people out that were put into prison for carrying pot, smoking it and selling small quantities.

    Blessings to all.

    (17) 29 Total Votes - 23 up - 6 down
    • Ted Slanders says:

      Spirit Filled,

      “Behold, I have given you EVERY HERB BEARING SEED, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given EVERY GREEN HERB FOR MEAT: and it was so.” And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Gen. 1:29-31)

      Prohibition laws of Marijuana go directly against our Christian God’s will! I don’t know what Allah, the Muslim God, says about Marijuana, but then, who cares?

      (4) 20 Total Votes - 12 up - 8 down
    • The Gimlet Eye says:


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    • standup says:

      There is big business in keeping pot illegal and the cops hate anything or anyone who try and say different.

      (3) 3 Total Votes - 3 up - 0 down

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