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In a move to create “safer prisons,” California plans early release of 76,000 prisoners

In a move to create “safer prisons,” California plans early release of 76,000 prisoners

“Good behavior credits” are being offered to nearly 20,000 inmates who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole.

After a steady-year of media-supported civil unrest and toxic political choices, a recent review of crime statistics in Los Angeles County shows that murder rates have spiked nearly 200% so far this year compared to the same time in 2020.

There were 60 people murdered in L.A. County as of Feb. 28 – a 186% jump from the 21 killings reported during the same period in 2020, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department told Fox News in a segment that aired Thursday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told Fox News criminals are emboldened by District Attorney George Gascón’s progressive policies and stressed that people must understand that such elections will have consequences.

“They need to really pick and choose very carefully.because for them it’s very easy to say, ‘Oh yeah, all cops are bad,’ and, ‘Let’s reform and defund the police,'” Villanueva said. “Yet they’re the very first ones to pick up the 911 when someone’s crawling over their back gate trying to get into their house.”

Against this backdrop, it is stunning to learn California officials are planning the early release of up to 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, to further reduce the population of what once was the nation’s largest state correctional system.

More than 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes will be eligible for good behavior credits that shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017. That includes nearly 20,000 inmates who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole.

The new rules take effect Saturday, but it will be months or years before any inmates go free earlier. Corrections officials say the goal is to reward inmates who better themselves while critics said the move will endanger the public.

Under the change, more than 10,000 prisoners convicted of a second serious but nonviolent offense under the state’s “three strikes” law will be eligible for release after serving half their sentences. That’s an increase from the current time-served credit of one-third of their sentence.

The same increased release time will apply to nearly 2,900 nonviolent third strikers, the corrections department projected.

The argument for the move is that it will create “safer prisons.

“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.

“Additionally, these changes would help to reduce the prison population by allowing incarcerated persons to earn their way home sooner,” she added.

“Unexpectedly,” the response to this plan is plan has been less than enthusiastic.

It was difficult finding social media responses not filled with profanity.

On the other hand, the response by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election opponents is going exactly as expected.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who is running to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, is criticizing Newsom for a new rule that could shorten the sentences of 76,000 felons in California, including many who have committed violent crimes.

“The decision to release tens of thousands of violent criminals onto our streets is a blatant assault on public safety in California,” Faulconer said in a news release Friday. “This will put countless families at risk across our state.

“Reckless and dangerous decisions like these have become all too common under Gavin Newsom, and that’s why I’m leading the movement to recall him this year.”

Newsom’s campaign referred questions about the changes to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which said the new rule for inmates is not an early release program.

If the summer of 2021 is like the summer of 2020 in terms of “peaceful protests,” Newsom’s opponents will have a significant issue to use in the recall effort.


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The Friendly Grizzly | May 2, 2021 at 4:05 pm

60 in two months in an entire county. That’s an average month in Chicago.

The murder rate in America will go up, mark my words

    UserP in reply to gonzotx. | May 3, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Yeah, but prisons will be safer. You must remember that the welfare of violent criminals is more important than that of law abiding citizens.

Just another GREAT reason to recall this psycho Newsom.

If letting 76k out will make the prisons safer, why not let them ALL out and have the prisons be perfectly safe?

Just like a liberal. Half measures.

    n.n in reply to irv. | May 2, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Liberals follow an ideology of divergence, They overwhelmingly subscribe to the Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic, relativistic (“ethical”), politically congruent religion. That said, it does call into question the choices, not that “Choice”, of Harris et al. Oh, well. Planned Parent/hood., and NOW planned population, maybe.

How many more George Floyds will this result it? If the state of California releases a bunch of violent felons out of prison; that will just increase the number of interactions between those violent felons and police officers. Some of those interactions won’t go well for the police officer, which the media will not report, and some won’t go so well for the violent felon, who the media will make out to be Bambi.

    Ben Kent in reply to Lausyl. | May 2, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Race-baiters want more George Floyds.

    They need racial discord. Their extortive business model does not work when races get along and work productively. BLM doesn’t care about “Lives”. They care about Blac Deaths that can feed their narrative and be exploited for $$. They should change the name to BDM “Black Deaths Matter”.

    Mim Moco in reply to Lausyl. | May 3, 2021 at 9:48 am


    The police will walk away… the rookies and corrupt that are left will walk away or will join the corruption. The police will again be the hired guns for the gangs. Protection rackets will come alive again.

    You will see more of the Bernie Goetz where individuals will become frustrated and will defend themselves, only to be locked up in the “safe” prisons.

    It is also a way to drive property values down, so the scavengers like the BLM lady, can pick up otherwise untouchable real estate on the cheap.

    None of this will end well.


The only safe place for law-abiding citizens will be in prisons. Then the left will have perfectly succeeded in turning the world upside-down.

I’m sure there is some neo-racist Marxist woke logic that can explain how this all makes sense. But in my simple mind, it only makes sense if you want to upend the status quo, undermine and subvert the country’s ability to function normally and in the confusion – seize power.

Gotta make room for the “white supremacists”!

Paul Compton | May 2, 2021 at 6:07 pm

Whilst I’m not at all sure this will work, I would point out that the article specifically used the term ‘nonviolent’ TWICE when it indicated who would be eligible for parole.

That makes Monroe For Senate @Crystal__Monro and Malcolm Bordelon @_MalcolmB look pretty lame in my books!

    danvillemom in reply to Paul Compton. | May 2, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    The “nonviolent” is while they are in jail. I have read other places that many of the people released were placed in jail for violent crimes. This “emergency ruling” was issued with zero comment period or review. I thank God everyday that I left CA.

Safer prisons and a more dangerous California. Yeah, I can see that. That makes sense. In a California sort of way. /s

From the Associated Press: “California is giving 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, the opportunity to leave prison earlier … .”

Please, please keep the prisons safe. Let those 76000 model citizens out and maybe they can control who is coming across the border. CBP has been handcuffed by the Installed Regime.

Gavin’s parting shot? A sweet little thank you note for the recall petition, right? Like auntie, like nephew. Two peas, one spoiled pod.

What could possibly go wrong… 😮

This will kill WAY more poeple than the release of the WuHan flu from the China/Fauci lab.

The only people CA wants in prison are political prisoners and cops.

not_a_lawyer | May 3, 2021 at 3:02 am

The only way to make the prisons less violent is to segregate the prisons by race.

California has 30 men’s prisons. The vast majority of prisoners are hispanic.

Sometime about 8 years ago, this proposal was floated for public policy.

Who wants racial segregation amongst CA prisons?

The Correctional Officers.
The Wardens.
The inmates themselves.
The families of the inmates.
The citizens of CA.

Who does NOT want the racial segragation among CA prisons?

The CA legislature. Why not? Well that would be ‘racist’. Nevermind that
if there were separate prisons for the different races, prison riots and inter-inmate assault would reduce dramatically.


    Don’t worry, Democrats are very busy making segregation great again. Returning to their racist roots and all. We’ll have segregated everything soon, and it won’t be bad segregation, it will be good segregation that is honoring and respecting people or whatever nonsense their lunatic followers will buy. And apparently they will buy anything that sounds and feelz good.

    We hate racism and segregation, we celebrate the people who ended it with no small risk to life and limb . . . hey, I know, let’s bring that whole segregation thing back! Regress!

    drednicolson in reply to not_a_lawyer. | May 3, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Making people of starkly different cultural backgrounds live in the same space never ends well. Even more so when the people in question are hardened criminals.

There should be a movement for tax-paying, patriotic American citizens to self-identify as “migrants” and “undocumented immigrants,” so that they can receive the same level of sympathy, deference and respect that the Dhimmi-crat Party apparatchiks gladly bestow upon illegal aliens.

Insufficiently Sensitive | May 3, 2021 at 11:19 am

In a move to create ‘safer prisons’, California plans early release of 76,000 prisoners.

Now THAT’s a government that really cares about its prisons. It bass-ackwardly releases prisoners to make the prisons safe, deliberately making life more unsafe for its law-abiding citizens.

Such stupidity is cause enough to impeach that silly Governor, and any other ‘officials’ involved in the mindless releases. Prisons exist solely to make life SAFER for noncriminal citizens.

Lucifer Morningstar | May 3, 2021 at 2:26 pm

Don’t really care if they release 76,000 violent criminals or 1,000,000 violent criminals. As long as the felons, thugs and the rest stay in California Newsom can do whatever the hell he wants. I don’t give a rats ass about California any longer.

henrybowman | May 3, 2021 at 4:51 pm

I have a copypasta somewhere about how even our current penal system policies result in our streets becoming “extension prisons,” and how every criminal so released incrementally destroys the unalienable rights of everybody else who isn’t a criminal.

Case in point: we have to jump through hoops to prove we’re “eligible” to purchase a firearm, only because there are so many people in the American genpop who aren’t trusted to own firearms. These are criminals who “served their time” but are still “disabled” (viz., we let them out but we know they’re still a threat).

This is a blatant violation of Codrea’s Law: “Anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian.”