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"Many offenders will be given the chance to reduce their sentences through education and rehabilitation programs."

Inmates sit in crowded conditions at California State Prison in Los Angeles. (photo: California Department of Corrections)
Inmates sit in crowded conditions at California State Prison in Los Angeles. (photo: California Department of Corrections)

California Plans to Release Prisoners to Tackle Overcrowding

By teleSUR

26 March 17


Many offenders will be given the chance to reduce their sentences through education and rehabilitation programs.

rison populations in California for a number of years has been at crisis levels, so much so that the state’s Department of Corrections has put forward a plan to relieve the problem by releasing 9,500 prisoners in the next four years.

The plan would speed up parole time and sets out new rules over reduced sentences. With the exception of the most violent offenders, those on death row and life-without-parole sentences, all inmates would be eligible for reduced prison time.

Those imprisoned on non-violent felons would not have to serve cumulative time for offenses before seeking parole, but instead could seek parole after completing the prison time allocated for their primary offense.

Under the plan, formal parole hearings used by prosecutors and victims to object the early parole of inmates would be scrapped. Prosecutors and victims would be given 30 days to object in writing to earlier paroles, cutting down significant time in the process.

Sentences would be reduced by up to six months per year for prisoners that complete a university degree. One month of sentence time would be reduced each year for those prisoners who complete programs such as alcohol and drug counseling, victim awareness, anger management, parenting and life skill classes.

In all, the plan is estimated to release 9,500 offenders from California prison system over four years. It will come as a welcome relief with the state nearing its maximum inmate capacity and has been forced to transfer prisoners to other states.

In November, California voters approved Proposition 57 which increase parole and good behavior opportunities for non-violent offenders, giving corrections official greater discretion to grant early release.

The United States has the world’s highest incarceration rate of 666 per 100, 000 people according to the International Center for Prison Studies. While in recent years the prison population in the U.S. has been decreasing over 2.1 million people remain locked up, with disproportionate numbers of African American and Latino inmates.

The country’s prison population spiked after former President Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill which dramatically increased sentences for low-level drug offences. your social media marketing partner


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+5 # ddd-rrr 2017-03-26 11:15
The point of prison sentences aught to be rehabilitation (with education), NOT "punishment"!
There is little good purpose served by long prison sentences, since few who commit crimes
think in advance of the likelyhood of arrest and conviction for what they intend to do. Hence,
there is little to gain by attempting to discourage the commission of crimes with extended
sentencing periods. Long-term prisoner "storage" is costly; shorter terms, with more
positive efforts included, may in the end bring results that are both more
effective and less costly for reducing crime.
+4 # Robbee 2017-03-26 12:04
who thought robbee'd live long enough to see buddy carl's prediction fulfilled?

- it costs what? 50,000 a year to imprison an inmate? if instead we sent them to university, we'd save alot of money?

long live california!
0 # Radscal 2017-03-26 15:58
The Supreme Court ruled about 6 years ago that California's prisons were so overcrowded that it amounted to unconstitutiona l "cruel and unusual punishment." They therefore ordered the State to reduce the prison population.

Governor "Moonbeam" Brown refused and actually increased the prison population.

I voted for and admired Brown. In fact, I voted for him for Governor, President, Mayor, Attorney General and then Governor again. So it is with heavy heart that I watched him become just another corporate Democrat.

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