UPDATED BELOW: While California Gov. Gavin Newsom will be letting another 76,000 prisoners out of state prisons – on his own authority through Executive Order – violent crime is spiking in California’s cities.
The headlines today tell the story:
- AP: 76,000 California inmates now eligible for earlier releases
- SJMN: Watch: Robbers trap cars, steal Asian women’s purses
- FresBee: Fresno Police called to Fashion Fair after gun shown inside mall. Then other firearms were found
- FresBee: Fresno restaurant shooting: Man shot multiple times with other customers inside
- SacBee: ‘Nuisance crimes’ by homeless anger Sacramento business owners. Why little has been done
The Globe reported this week that the Sacramento Police Department March 2021 monthly report shows the number of victims shot is up by 333.33 %.
Shooting Reports in the Capitol city are up 121.4 %.
The Associated Press reported:
California is giving 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, the opportunity to leave prison earlier as the state aims to further trim 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.
In July 2020, the Globe reported on 18,000 prisoners released “due to COVID:”
While California is in another statewide lockdown of most businesses, and wearing masks is mandatory, Gov. Gavin Newsom is releasing convicted criminals from prisons and jails.
“Estimates of 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by end of August, in addition to the state’s reduction of about 10,000 persons since the start of the pandemic,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Ralph Diaz announced this week. However, instead of apologizing to law abiding Californians, Secretary Diaz wrote a letter of apology to the convicted criminals, for the “significant burden you and your families continue to bear.”
The corrections agency announcement also apologizes the “unnecessarily incarcerated:”
Friday afternoon, Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff), former Chairman of the Board of Prison terms, weighed in on this latest prisoner release:
On a late Friday afternoon news dump, the Newsom Administration announced they are automatically giving “good time credit” to violent offenders and second and third strikers in an effort to release them early. These polices will go into effect within hours of the announcement – Saturday, May 1.
“As the former Chairman of the Board of Prison terms, I am intimately aware of these criminal justice regulations. This is ill-founded, ill-cited criminal justice policies. Violent felons are receiving good time credit for simply breathing, in lieu of demonstrated good behavior and rehabilitation.
“This is another ill-conceived policy of the Newsom Administration in its attempts to release convicted violent criminals back into our communities.
“We, the people, will pay the price for his continued follies.”
Sen. Nielsen provided a link to the emergency regulations.
Across the country and in California, the move to “de-police” is taking hold. In cities where police departments are being defunded or severely cut back, morale is at a low ebb, and police officers are resigning.
And, the Soros-funded District Attorneys – some are even former Public Defenders – are firing gang-units, reducing or removing bail for violent criminals, and releasing inmates on flimsy “COVID” medical requests, as Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón and the CDCR have been doing.
“They just want these people released,” a source at the Los Angeles DA’s office told the Globe in March.
Within weeks of being sworn in as Los Angeles County’s District Attorney, the Globe reported George Gascón, issued radical, unlawful “Special Directives,” commanding the deputy district attorneys of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to violate California’s constitution and laws:
- With respect to future cases, the Special Directives prohibit DDAs from charging mandatory criminal sentencing enhancements under the Three Strikes Law, which California enacted to protect its citizens from previously-convicted serious and violent felons; and
- With respect to pending cases, the Special Directives require DDAs to withdraw all pre-existing enhancement allegations for six different types of sentencing enhancements. These provisions are plainly illegal. DDAs cannot be commanded to violate the very sentencing enhancements that California law mandates.
The Globe has reported extensively on LA District Attorney George Gascón, who moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles to run for DA in 2020, and spent more than $2.5 million of billionaire oligarch George Soros’ money to win. But crime victims and law enforcement officials launched a recall campaign against Gascón in March.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a former public defender, is facing a recall as well, for outrageous decisions:
- the DA released a criminal who had previously been jailed and had killed two people,
- Boudin’s reluctance to prosecute criminals and his removal of many crime categories, leading to a rise in crime in San Francisco.
- Burglaries alone went up by 46% in the city in 2020 despite a pandemic keeping many indoors.
- Robberies have also gone up considerably, with a high-profile robbery of a KPIX TV reporter being robbed of a camera at gunpoint recently.
None of this adds up unless the goal is to thoroughly destabilize California: letting felons out of prison, “de-policing,” corrupt DAs refusing to prosecute violent criminals and/or releasing them, refusing to prosecute under “Three Strikes” law, ignoring special enhancements… Sen. Nielsen said it best: “This is ill-founded, ill-cited criminal justice policies. Violent felons are receiving good time credit for simply breathing.”
UPDATE: Saturday afternoon the Globe received this email from Vicky Waters, Special Advisor and Assistant Secretary of Communications at the CDCR:
This is not an early release program, and these changes do not result in the automatic release of any incarcerated individual. Under existing California statute, incarcerated individuals are able to receive credits for good behavior and participation in rehabilitation program. This has been the case since before Proposition 57. Proposition 57, which voters overwhelmingly approved in 2016 and upheld in November, gave the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation the authority to submit regulations to provide additional opportunities for incarcerated people to receive these Good Conduct Credits.
CDCR submitted these regulations to increase the rate at which incarcerated people can receive Good Conduct Credits which ensures the opportunity for public comment. The regulations are still subject to final approval, and again, the regulatory process allows for public input.
This effort incentivizes incarcerated individuals to have sustained good behavior and encourages them to participate in rehabilitative and educational programs, which can help reduce recidivism to make our communities safer. Our department’s focus is on a person’s rehabilitation and accountability in a manner that is consistent with public safety.
However, the word salad in her email confirms exactly that the CDCR is expanding “good time credits” without criteria to justify early release of dangerous inmates.
This is the Major Cities Chiefs Association Crime Report showing the increase in homicides and violent crimes:MCCA-Violent-Crime-Report-2020-and-2019-Year-End-Final