The only thing standing in the way of California releasing 76,000 inmates, most of whom are violent offenders, from state prisons, are more than 40 district attorneys who reside over California.
These prosecutors filed a petition through the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) requesting the immediate repeal of temporary emergency regulations that made changes to whom good behavior credits could be applied to shorten their prison terms.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “more than 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes are eligible for good behavior credits that shorten their sentences by one-third, an upgrade from the one-fifth that had been standard since 2017.”
“Allowing the early release of the most dangerous criminals, shortening sentences as much as 50%, impacts crime victims and creates a serious public safety risk,” said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. “This petition asks CDCR to repeal these regulations, begin the process anew, and allow for transparency and public input. Victims, their families, and all Californians deserve a fair and honest debate about the wisdom of such drastic regulations.”
A statement from Schubert’s office says, “the regulations were passed under a claim of an emergency.” But the petition signed by 41 of the state’s 58 district attorneys says the move does not comply with requirements of the Penal Code, which mandates “a description of the underlying facts and an explanation of the operational need to use the emergency rulemaking procedure.” Schubert said by claiming an “emergency,” the state could bypass public comment on the controversial regulations.
“We want public input before they institute these drastic changes,” Schubert told FOX News. “That’s what we’re asking for. There was no emergency. They imposed them on a Friday at three o’clock without any real notice. And now, we just want an opportunity to be heard.”
Schubert said some crime victims and their loved ones were “devastated” when learning of the new regulations.