Accelerated release of prisoners also jeopardizes public health
There’s a lot of talk about ‘Criminal Justice Reform’ these days. Restructuring the American criminal justice system is a pet project of the left, most notably driven by open borders Socialist multi-billionaire George Soros. He began in earnest in 2016 by giving more than $20 million to Democrat candidates, even funding Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and a liberal challenger to then-County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who won despite the high dollar infusion. Soros’ efforts and spending have intensified in advance of the 2020 election.
You might not have heard of “decompression” relating to prison populations, but that is the word being bandied about in California as Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom is planning another release of prison inmates onto the state’s streets.
Efforts at “decompression” within California’s prison system during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a prison population that has plummeted by approximately 10,000 prisoners.
When rational people think of a statewide emergency response to the virus, it wouldn’t entail swinging open the cell doors in San Quentin Prison and releasing thousands of offenders so hard core that they end up in a facility that as of 2015 its death row held a capacity of 715 prisoners, though executions no longer take place. Trespassers, jaywalkers and petty thieves are not part of the population.
The intent is to release enough prisoners to make the population so low density as to allow “social distancing” for the inmates who remain, a policy that is more attuned to a ladies luncheon than a penitentiary system.
Vern Pierson, the Republican district attorney in Northern California’s El Dorado County, called it “concerning” for public safety, saying the criteria the prison system will use to decide which inmates to release remains unclear. “The Newsom administration also has not made clear whether crime victims and prosecutors will be given notice when an inmate is released or if they will be able to file objections,” said Pierson, president of the California District Attorneys Association. “We don’t know what the actual impact of this is going to be. We do know that it’s a high likelihood there will be significant increases in crime,” Pierson said.
Pierson noted that because of changes made to California’s criminal justice system in recent years — including the release of many offenders whose crimes weren’t considered violent — those still in state prisons tend to be the most serious offenders.