California May Grant Early Release to 10,000
More than 10,000 sex offenders might get out of California prisons early now that a Sacramento judge ruled they cannot be exempt from Proposition 57.
The 2016 proposition allows the early release from prison of criminals serving time for non-violent crimes. With the judge’s ruling, that also means people serving time for crimes like pimping children. Gov. Jerry Brown promised voters all sex offenders would be excluded.
In addition to the “nonviolent offenders” release, other provisions included incentivizing the good behavior of inmates, and fostering in-prison programs and activities. Voters were also told the measure would reduce overcrowded prison populations, while saving millions of dollars.
According to the Associated Press, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner rejected an argument from the California Attorney General’s office that the ballot measure gave state officials discretion to exclude any class of offenders whose release might harm public safety.
“If the voters had intended to exclude all registered sex offenders from early parole consideration under Proposition 57, they presumably would have said so,” the judge said.
Prosecutor Michele Hanisee, president of the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys, said the public was duped by the language of the proposition.
“It’s very clear they intended to release violent offenders by re-describing them, despite their crimes, as nonviolent offenders,” she said. The association and numerous other law enforcement groups campaigned against Prop. 57.
According to Hanisee, this was all part of a misguided push to empty the jails. “They keep talking about alternatives to rehabilitation but the only alternative they found was to let all the violent criminals out of prison. And that is not a really great alternative for our communities.” she said.
And now voters have learned that Prop 57 could allow earlier parole for those convicted of raping a drugged or unconscious victim, intimately touching someone who is unlawfully restrained, incest, pimping a minor, indecent exposure, advertising or possessing child pornography, and sexual penetration with a foreign object while the victim is incapacitated, among others.
KABC midday host Dr. Drew says sex offenders, when released, will always present a problem for the communities that host them.
“Someone who has, as their sexual orientation, children is what they’re attracted to and aroused by, that will not change. They will re-offend. How can you safely have them among us? I don’t know enough about how they could police somebody like that to understand how it could be.”
The Shasta County District Attorney’s office has been working to notify victims of crimes that qualify under the new law.
“These people could be getting out early, and we have people in our community who have been victimized who don’t know that. So even if it’s a case in the past, they could be impacted by prop 57,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett.
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