Guv Brown: I Demand We Put 40,000 Prisoners Back on Our Streets—Who Needs Safety?

To our very confused governor, Jerry Brown, you can be too rich, you can not be too thin and you can never have enough criminals on the streets or enough victims of his policies. Per the FBI, in 2015 property crimes in California were up 116%and in Los Angeles murders are up 27%. Brown, and Obama have determined that more crimes and victims is good for society. Seriously.

AB 109 signed by Brown released 50,000 criminals from prison. Prop.46, supported by Brown has stopped tens of thousands of criminals from going to jail—and in many cases, not even arrested. While crime has skyrocketed in LA,. LAPD arrests have dropped 3%. While this is going on, most California law enforcement refuse to detain or arrest illegal aliens and Obama has given AMNESTY to 250,000 CRIMINAL illegal aliens, putting them back on our streets. Oh, Brown and Obama have been trying to pass laws to limit your Second Amendment rights—since government refuses to protect you, citizens are buying guns to protect themselves.

Now Jerry Brown wants to ADD 40,000 MORE vicious criminals to our streets—feel safe? “Governor Brown has proposed a radical experiment with public safety.  It will mean the early release of 40,000 prisoners. It will potentially give the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) unlimited power to grant early release for the remaining 80,000 prisoners, including those who committed murder, rape, and child molestation. This constitutional amendment will overturn four decades of carefully crafted sentencing laws, including 40 laws and 6 voter approved ballot initiatives. It will make it virtually impossible to prosecute juvenile murderers and rapists as adults.”

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A Radically Dangerous Experiment with Public Safety

Eric Siddall, Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys, 3/8/16

Governor Brown has proposed a radical experiment with public safety.  It will mean the early release of 40,000 prisoners. It will potentially give the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) unlimited power to grant early release for the remaining 80,000 prisoners, including those who committed murder, rape, and child molestation. This constitutional amendment will overturn four decades of carefully crafted sentencing laws, including 40 laws and 6 voter approved ballot initiatives. It will make it virtually impossible to prosecute juvenile murderers and rapists as adults.

The consequences of this initiative are far reaching.  Today, our article will focus on how the initiative seeks to reduce the prison sentences of all prisoners, not just “non-violent” offenders.

First, a general overview: The purpose of incarceration is three-fold; 1) to protect society; 2) to punish; and 3) to rehabilitate. Today, there are about 117,000 felons in California prisons. They are there because they committed violent and serious offenses against the public. They were all placed in prison by judges who examined the full record. The current state prison population represents the worst offenders in California. No one in state prison is there because of drug possession or minor theft related crime.  Recognizing these facts, Governor Brown deliberately attempted to mislead the public by entitling his initiative the “Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016” — because who would vote for a proposition entitled, “Early Release for Felons, including murderers, rapists, and gang members”?

The mechanics of this constitutional amendment are simple. Prisoners will now be released based upon their primary offense, ignoring the original sentence handed down by a judge. It disregards sentencing enhancements and criminal history. This means if a crime was gang motivated, the additional sentencing enhancement will be meaningless. If the prisoner has an extensive criminal history, including violent strikes, he will be eligible for parole at the same time as the first time offender.

The initiative is a full-frontal assault on enhancements and anti-recidivist statutes. Besides ignoring enhancements and criminal history, when the parole date is reached, the parole commission will be given unchallengeable authority to immediately release the prisoner.

In addition, early release of all prisoners is enabled by this legislation.  The governor claims his initiative only applies to “non-violent” prisoners. This soothing claim that early release is limited to “non-violent” offenders is deliberately misleading.  The initiative allows CDCR to award unlimited additional conduct credits to shorten sentences of all state prisoners, not just those imprisoned for a “non-violent offense.”

In short, this initiative seeks to reduce prison sentences for all state prisoners, no matter their crime or their criminal history.  It ignores the harm those prisoners have done to their victims, disregards the use of guns in commission of a crime, and dismisses the motivation for a crime — all in a headlong rush to speed the release of dangerous criminals.

Eric Siddall is Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys.

 

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Comments

  1. All released prisoners shall be restricted to those areas of the State of California under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission.

    • Oblamo binLyen says

      Hmmmmmm, have to check to see if I fall under that. Given that the fools in SackofTomatoes are trying to make having a Firearm a felony, they must be trying to protect their Asset Reallocation Specialists.

  2. David Fisher says

    Our state is bigger than many nations. Yet we allow the state to be led by ideologist who are in search of some hippie pipe dream so they fall prey to the globalists who want the USA to fail. This is serious business because this isn’t about how a few people think the world should be but it is all of our lives as well. WE NEED TO TAKE THE RUNNING OF CALIFORNIA AS SERIOUS AS THE RUNNING OF THE NATION PERIOD. Once we were the money maker, and leader of the rest of the states, now the rest of the states consider us a lost cause and not even worth saving. Thank you who are so progressive and liberal and on the take to sell screwy ideas that only work in your mind.

  3. So, the logical question is what do WE do about it? He needs to be recalled ASAP.

    • A little late and costly now, I think. But the real answer is not to let Gavin Newsom get into the office of Gov.! When an election comes for senate, if there’s a republican running, vote for him or her, Never a Democrat!!!!
      They caused this problem.

  4. Donald Trumpster says

    This man is a T Total fruitcake loon like all Democrats. All these people should be in mental wards for life.

  5. for those to young to remember, this assault on public safety by Jerry Brown is reminiscent of his father’s ploy many years ago, when father (Edmund G. Brown) discharged most of the patients from CA State mental institutions and shut down those hospital beds. So in the name of budget savings hijinks, the crazies were turned loose on the public, and have been wreaking havoc ever since. Now we can add the criminals to the mix.

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