Four-term Democratic California Governor Gov. Jerry Brown made reforming California’s criminal justice sentencing guidelines a priority over his 16 total years as governor. Add to that his record number of 1,736 pardons and 284 prison commutations, and violent prison inmates have been released or made eligible for early release.
“This element of criminals incarcerated… a lot of them have been released into communities,” Hampton said. “New laws and the decriminalization of crimes is now reaping the benefits of what the State Legislature has done.”
So what is this guy, convicted of first degree murder, and extremely violent crimes against people, doing out on the street?
Gov. Jerry Brown granted 1,189 pardons and 152 commutations during his past eight years in office, more than any other governor in modern California history, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
NEWS RELEASE: Deputies arrest suspect after brazen restaurant robbery. The suspect has been identified as 57-year-old Jonathan Franklin of Roseville. His photo can be seen in our media release section on our website.
Posted by Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, February 27, 2019
“California has implemented an alarming cocktail of criminal justice ‘reforms’ that are likely to lead to a major crime wave into 2016,” I wrote in the chapter on crime in Taxifornia 2016, by James Lacy
Proposition 47, titled The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act, reduced a host of felonies to misdemeanors, including drug crimes, date rape, and all thefts under $950, even for repeat offenders who steal every day.
Proposition 57, titled Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing, was billed to the public as criminal justice reform, allowing early release for “non-violent offenders,” but the initiative not only failed to define who qualified as a “non-violent offender,” numerous heinous crimes qualified as “non-violent” under Prop. 57.
Additionally, Gov. Jerry Brown’s A.B. 109 “realigned” California’s overcrowded prison system, shifting responsibility of repeat, newly classified “nonviolent” offenders from state prisons to county jails. Those released were assigned county probation officers rather than state parole officers. Many of those newly “non-violent” criminals let out of county jails due to overcrowding are living on California streets, on parkways, rivers, and canals, and using the streets as their toilets. Several large California cities have experienced deadly Hepatitis A outbreaks, inflicting thousands, and killing more than 40 people. And downtown Los Angeles has an outbreak of flea-borne typhus, on the rat-infested streets of homeless encampments. Typhus is a bacterial disease that infected fleas can spread to humans.
Hampton said Jonathan Franklin’s first degree murder conviction was not his first conviction.
“This guy spent his whole life in Los Angeles, but was released on parole to his wife in Roseville, in a Del Webb community.” said Hampton.
There is more unfolding in this story. California Globe will follow up.