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  • California Prisons: A Mess

    Posted Aug 9th, 2013 By in Prisons With | Comments Off on California Prisons: A Mess

    Lawmakers have been dragging their feet when it comes to fixing California’s prison population, but it does make it a great time for those seeking shorter prison sentences. Call 714-547-4000 for a confidential consultation with criminal law attorney Jake Brower!

    Under a 4-year-old order to reduce the state’s prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown is preparing, finally, to file a plan with the court outlining how he and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation intend to comply. They have been dragging their feet long enough — and in fact are continuing to do so. They lost their request last week to block the order and are now pressing an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to get out from under a Dec. 31 deadline. The longer they wait, the more difficult it will be for communities to safely reabsorb former inmates and for the state’s criminal justice system to begin operating in a more efficient and effective fashion.

    Despite arguments to the contrary, prison doors will not swing open to allow 10,000 dangerous felons onto the streets. Under Brown’s plan, alternative lockups and continuing attrition will likely account for more than half of the needed population reduction. Prison officials are considering transferring some inmates to leased cells in Los Angeles and Alameda counties and to now-closed facilities in Kern County.

    There will be people released on parole or community supervision ahead of schedule, including some elderly inmates, well past the age at which they pose a danger. For others, “good-time” credits would be increased, meaning they would get out earlier than planned. Of those, roughly a third could be expected to return to L.A. County. That’s an alarming prospect — until the actual situation, and the alternatives, are examined.

    It would be naive to consider the returning felons harmless; but it would be an act of wild self-deception to pretend that an early release order would make their homecoming any more dangerous than it would have been otherwise. The fact is, most of the prisoners in line for possible early release had been scheduled to return to the streets within the coming year anyway. The status quo in California has been, for years, the steady return of felons after two- to five-year terms who pose the same risk they did when they went in. Those returns are the chief product of our broken criminal justice system.

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