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Law-Abiding Californians Still Under Lockdown Restrictions While Convicts Released

By the end of August, 18,000 convicts will have been released

By Katy Grimes, August 8, 2020 11:12 am

While California is still under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide lockdown and restrictions of most businesses, and wearing masks is mandatory, convicted criminals are being released from prisons. By the end of August, 18,000 convicts will have been released.

A total of approximately 16,622 inmates have been released from 19 states across the country, ostensibly due to COVID-19.

Fox News reported: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, have either already let convicted criminals out of prison, or have announced plans to do so.

Most states claim these are low-level, non-violent inmates, except we’ve already seen horrific news articles or released inmates who have gone on to rape and murder again. Convicted sex offenders have been released.

In June,  the California Judicial Council ended the temporary $0 bail policy that had severely reduced the number of incarcerated criminals at the height of coronavirus spread in the state, California Globe reported. The zero-bail policy was a state rule that allowed people arrested for “minor” offenses to be released without paying any bail.

The $0 bail policy had begun in mid-April due to concerns about heightened coronavirus spread in California prisons due to close living conditions and being unable to socially distance effectively.

San Francisco and Alameda Counties have pushed for the $0 bail to continue, not coincidentally, as crime rates increase. Alameda County in particular wants to keep it until January, when cashless bail could come into effect if Californians vote to outlaw cash bail in November. Alameda County Chief Public Defender Brendon Woods cited the current George Floyd protests as another reason to not immediately reintroduce it.

“Rescinding the emergency bail schedule early is a great example of exactly the kind of systemic racism people are protesting against,” Woods said.

Prisons are not overflowing because of offenders with minor drug offenses, or so-called “low-level” criminals. Leftists just don’t think criminals should be punished, because as they say, criminals only commit crimes because of social injustice. Their current push to defund the police,” and replace them with social workers is the same mind set. But they deliberately fail address the crime victims of criminals.

California Globe reported:

“Estimates of 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by end of August, in addition to the state’s reduction of about 10,000 persons since the start of the pandemic,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Ralph Diaz announced in July. However, instead of apologizing to law abiding Californians, Secretary Diaz wrote a letter of apology to the convicted criminals, for the “significant burden you and your families continue to bear.”

Fox appears to be the only news outlet to compile the California statistics:

On March 23, Los Angeles County released about 1,700 jail inmates with under 30 days left on their sentences for non-violent crimes.

The Modest Bee reported that on April 12, between 150 to 300 jail inmates in Stanislaus County were released due to a temporary statewide emergency bail schedule that reduced bail for certain offenses to $0. It applies to accused inmates whose cases have not been adjudicated.

As of April 13, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) expedited the release of approximately 3,500 eligible state prisoners who were set to be released within 60 days or less and were not currently serving time for a violent crime or domestic violence, or a person required to register under Penal Code 290.

As of April 13, the Superior Court of Alameda County ordered the release of 334 relatively low-level inmates from the Santa Rita Jail. They had 90 days or fewer left to serve on their felony sentences or were found to have good cause to be released.

All of these prisoners were released because their bail was reduced to $0 after an emergency ruling by the Judicial Council of California on April 6.

There still is no real legal explanation for why California, or any other state is letting so many convicted criminals out of prisons.

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15 thoughts on “Law-Abiding Californians Still Under Lockdown Restrictions While Convicts Released

  1. Democrats are conducting a multi-front war on the people of California. There is the governor, the legislature, the bureaucrats, BLM, Antifa and the FELONS that have been released to rape and murder law abiding citizens.

  2. Convicts, illegal aliens the California state government does not care about US citizens. Why do they keep voting to keep these people in office?

    1. You need to look deep into your election process. We just did in Massachusetts and found how unbelievably CORRUPT OUR ELECTION PROCESS is. We are fighting it now!!

  3. This is congruent with Tucker Carlson’s recent insightful observations that the Democrats are doing EVERYTHING in their power to make everyone SO miserable, while blaming EVERYTHING on President Trump, that the low-information voter will vote for ANYONE, including Joe Biden, to relieve their discomfort.
    Meanwhile, the Dems have stirred up a hornets nest of social resentments, starting with the fear & social divisions started by their Communist overlords and their bioweapon virus…
    The ChiComs hate Trump because he’s the first President to stand up to their world economic domination aspirations and the Democrats have Trump Derangement Syndrome from Hilary’s 2016 loss…

    Time for rank & file Americans to set aside their opinions about Trump’s STYLE ( I’m talking to YOU, Peggy Noonan) and focus on his SUBSTANCE, which has benefited a wider swath of Americans than any President of my lifetime, since President Reagan….

  4. Noonan and her ilk are so shallow that they would be against Trump for wearing white shoes after Labor day. Globalists and Communists are little different once you get past the names.

  5. Now that some time has passed and we’re where we are now in California (a huge mess), what with the law-abiding citizens still locked down while the prisoners are being released, and you’ve all had a chance to become better acquainted with people like Lorena (“AB5 The Job Killer”) Gonzalez, I wanted to post some audio and video from the past that addresses the topic of “zero bail,” the “de-carceration” trend, the anti-police movement, what the Dems in the legislature have been up to for a long time, and most of all, the actual victims of crime, a subject scarcely talked about anymore:

    1) AUDIO: Bob Hertzberg, SB 10 author, on KFI-AM 640, John & Ken Show, Aug. 2018. Interview is at the beginning of the podcast, about 18 mins):

    2) VIDEO: Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson testifying in Sacramento on SB 10 (so-called “bail reform”) in 2017 – approx 25 mins:

    1. @SMART,
      Where will they go? Coming to a neighborhood near you! But they will be NO WHERE NEAR Governor Grusolini’s mansions. Yes that is plural mansions and the one he is delinquent on property taxes. And remember he is protected by a compliment of CHP officers and at the same time wants to take your Second Amendment rights away. Remember 18,000 of these “non violent criminals” being released but don’t you dare defend yourself against them because they are rehabilitated now!

    2. Some of them might go to the luxury 5-star Mark Hopkins Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francisco under “Project Roomkey.” If there is any room left at this point from the drug addicted vagrants they’ve been hosting lately. Brilliant, right? Brought to you by the geniuses running the State of California. Regular garden-variety tourists had better think twice before booking a room, there could be trouble.

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