Skip to comments.California Assembly Balks at Early Release of Inmates
Posted on 08/22/2009 5:45:08 AM PDT by kellynla
California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass plans to strip the most controversial provisions from a Senate-approved plan that would have trimmed the state's prison population by 27,000 inmates.
The Assembly version would keep about 10,000 more inmates behind bars and leave the state with a new, nearly $200 million budget hole, Bass said early Friday.
Bass said the new plan -- to be considered Monday -- would do away with proposals by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to allow home detention with electronic monitoring for inmates with less than 12 months to serve, who are over age 60 or who are medically incapacitated.
The Democrat-controlled Assembly will also reject the Republican governor's plan to lower sentences for certain property crimes to misdemeanors, making those offenders ineligible for prison. But the Assembly plan would let inmates earn up to four months of early release credits for completing educational, vocational and other rehabilitation programs, up from six weeks in a proposal narrowly approved Thursday in the state Senate.
Bass, a Democrat from Los Angeles, announced the new plan after she was unable to find enough Democratic votes to send the Senate plan to Schwarzenegger. Republicans remained adamantly against both versions of the package in both chambers.
"Some of my members thought it should have gone further, and others thought that it went too far," Bass told reporters after adjourning just before midnight. "You do have a lot of hysteria that was whipped up. We were going to release all these people, and that scares folks."
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With all of their financial woes, is it the true that they haven’t yet proposed simply deporting the illegal alien prisoners?
“With all of their financial woes, is it the true that they havent yet proposed simply deporting the illegal alien prisoners?”
I’m no attorney and I don’t play one on FR LOL but I don’t “think” states can “deport” anyone...isn’t that a function of the Feds?
I heard there are at least 19,000 deportable inmates. The federal government only pays California 11 cents on the dollar for California to house these bums.
Any inmates released should be released in the neighborhoods of these Assembly members and next to Arnold’s house.
>>> I dont think states can deport anyone...isnt that a function of the Feds? <<<<<
Ha, just my badly worded question based on 1.5 cups of Saturday morning coffee.
I meant have they even proposed to the feds that the illegal alien prisoners be deported given ... well... federal immigration law.
” I meant have they even proposed to the feds that the illegal alien prisoners be deported given ... well... federal immigration law.”
Yea, well good luck with that with a Kenyan Leftist in the Oval Office.
inmates who are not U.S. citizens could be turned over to federal authorities for deportation;
I suspect our Dem legislators are howling under their collective breaths about that one, since it will reduce the inmate population by about 40% with the resulting loss of nicely paying state and union jobs.
Governor's inmate reduction program: How will it work? http://www.sacbee.com/politics/story/2077156.html
Securing the borders and fining or punishing employers of illegal aliens is certainly one key step.
Another would be to put an end to the increasingly expensive system of legal punishment in this country. Murderers should be quickly hanged, instead of waiting on death row for 20 years and spending millions on repeated appeals to the ourt system—in which we pay for the public defenders as well as the prosecutors and the judges.
Minor criminals could be given ten lashes or put in the stocks, instead of giving them free room and board for a couple of months.
But, as several have noted, that wouldn’t make the public employees unions that run the prisons very happy. Or the lawyers who swill at the public trough.