California is planning to release 76,000 inmates, including those who have committed violent crimes and are repeat offenders, in a new push to reduce prison populations.
From The Daily Wire:
The Associated Press reported that of the 76,000 who will be eligible for early release, some 63,000 were convicted of violent crimes. They will now be eligible to obtain good behavior credits that will “shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017,” the outlet reported. That number includes 20,000 inmates who were sentenced to life sentences with the possibility of parole.
“More than 10,000 inmates 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 AP added.
In addition, nearly 2,900 nonviolent inmates who were imprisoned as part of the “three strikes” law will be eligible for early release after serving half of their sentence.
Many are criticizing the move, Kent Scheidegger the legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, called the system misleading. Scheidegger said that those inmates who lose good time credits as a result of bad behavior frequently get them back, this defeats the whole purpose of the system.
All this is happening as California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing a recall in the state. Newsom has been a major proponent of closing prisons and reducing prison populations during his term as Governor.