SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and 40 other California District Attorneys announced a petition Thursday challenging the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s adoption of new regulations and more than 76,000 inmates Grant possibility of early release.
The rules, passed on April 30, allow these inmates to receive good behavior credits that cut their sentences by a third, instead of the fifth that began in 2017.
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“There’s no productive thing to do other than break the rules,” said Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire.
These include almost 20,000 inmates who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole.
Of the 76,000 now eligible inmates, more than 63,000 were convicted of violent crimes.
“That’s rape, that’s robbery, that’s kidnapping,” Gire said.
More than 10,000 have been convicted of a second serious but non-violent crime under the state’s three strikes law. Nearly 2,900 nonviolent third strikers will also be eligible, the CDCR predicted.
Murderers are the only exception to this new rule. You are not entitled to a shorter time behind bars.
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“The early release of the most dangerous criminals, the shortening of prison sentences by up to 50%, affects the victims of crime and carries a serious risk for public safety,” said Schubert. “This petition calls on CDCR to repeal these regulations, start the process over and allow transparency and public input. Victims, their families, and all Californians deserve a fair and honest debate about the wisdom of such drastic regulations. “
Schubert, who drafted the petition and recently announced that it was running for California’s attorney general, and the other prosecutors state that the CDCR circumvented traditional regulatory practices when the emergency regulations were passed and that the CDCR secretary approved the new rules were necessary after Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget review last May.
Dorsey Nunn with Prisoners for Children commented that not all California prosecutors support the repeal.
“I’m pretty sure there are prosecutors other than those who are upset, like George Gascon in Los Angeles and Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, who have big cities that actually enforce laws,” Nunn said.
“Of course I’m in favor of letting people go. The money that we as the state of California could save that we could invest has a plan for people housing and people employment. Let’s bring them back to society in a real way, ”added Nunn.
Prosecutors are calling for the rules to be overturned by a court to allow them to use more traditional methods, allowing for public input and greater transparency.
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“We tell our victims who have suffered this is the dates people will be released and without a public hearing, those dates are brought forward,” Gire said. “There are 58 counties and 41 of us signed up to ask the Corrections and Rehabilitation Department to lift these regulations.”