Skip to comments.Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates
Posted on 05/23/2011 10:29:12 AM PDT by Mount Athos
The Supreme Court ordered California on Monday to release tens of thousands of its prisoners to relieve overcrowding.
It is one of the largest prison release orders in the nation's history, and it sharply split the high court.
In dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia called the ruling "staggering" and "absurd."
Now, he said, the majority were ordering the release of "46,000 happy-go-lucky felons." He added that "terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order."
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I think we need a wall between AZ and CA a lot more then we need the fence between the US and Mexico. Quick everyone, man the barricades.
California needs to outsource the holding of any non-citizen prisoners to their home countries. Pay Mexico a few dollars per day to host Mexican citizen prisoners, etc.
It would save a FORTUNE over paying American union wages to hold the same prisoners.
>No may issue CCW
hi cap standard capacity magazines
no NFA items
no "assault weapons"....whatever that is
Liberal AG, Liberal courts, liberal pro-bono/pro-criminal attorneys,
No Taurus Judge pistol;........
Nevermind, I won't be moving to Paso Robles anytime soon.
This is what happens when “empathy” replaces “rule of law,” and when political ideology, not the fundamental principles of the U. S. Constitution, motivate those appointed as justices.
What could go wrong?
We could release and deport the illegals, if we had a border.
Or, we could brand the illegals on the forehead, release and deport them.
This isn’t going to end well.
They didn’t say where they had to release them. Release them to Cuba, the way Cuba did to us years ago.
Amazing though 46,000 convicted criminals hitting the streets. I wonder how many are death row prisoners.
Don’t laugh, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
This will certainly help improve California’s business climate.
I suppose the next time I go to california I should use the google maps “avoid ghetto” routing instructions.......
The crime wave won’t be limited to CA so everyone in the surrounding States had better arm and ammo up!
Thank heavens that they have strict gun control laws in Kommiefornia. Otherwise, this might be dangerous!
“There comes a time in the history of every people when they become so pathologically soft and tender that they actually side with those elements of their society that harms them..i.e. criminals”- A Great Historian 1888
Or, alternatively, build the prison right there at the border with Mexico out in the desert. This would be a hard-times type prison, so it has plain food, no salsa, no corn tortillas, no meat ~ just beans, and corn fritters on Saturday.
There's a secure fence running many miles along the border from the South side of the prison. There's no way anyone can cross the fence.
There are NO LOCKS on the doors on the South side. In fact, the doors are always open, and as long as prisoners want to go out those doors they are free to do so.
Just inside the doors there are machinegun positions keeping out those who might try to enter the prison from Mexico. No matter how nasty a criminal might be he is able to just walk free by walking into Mexico just out the door!
They are likely trying to save money by doing this...dangerous game to play as the cost to the citizens will esculate even moreso...idiots.
What are the solutions...Spend more public money to relieve overcrowding, or just execute them all?
Once again, whenever civilization is being destroyed, Anthony Kennedy is standing at the nexus.
Ted Kennedy’s fiendish Robert Bork operation is the gift that just keeps on giving...
They’ll be letting loose a drove of Obami demonstrators/activists to conger up more votes for him. Hire a mob sort of thingy.
Release them over the Marianas.
And with no NFL Season the outlook for the fall season is a CRIME WAVE...
Bill Mexico for the half that probably belong to them.
Their condition upon release. They have to vote socialist.
Can we release the convicts near your famlies homes Mr and Mrs Justices?
What happens in the meantime while the state is waiting for the money?
Not really a change is it?
I like option stated in post 24.
Seriously, CA is screwed.
From 12k feet..........
Why do they need to be released? Why not move them to other prisons, maybe even outsource to other states?
California needs to choose - a $20 billion “speed rail” that only developers and politicians really want, or jails and prisons to house criminals.
And I will add, the federal government has been derelict. They need to send the states the cash costs of educating, providing health care, and imprisoning criminal illegal immigrants.
Absolutely not!!! California has gun control so the people will remain safe because none of these released felons will get guns!!!
“46,000 happy-go-lucky felons? No. 46,000 Obama Voters!!!
BTW - Alito, Thomas, Roberts and Scalia were the dissenters.
If BHO gets re-elected, we are in BIG trouble at the Supremes!!
And some hold up CA as the bellweather of liberal compassion and progressive ideals.
I almost feel bad for the “good” people of CA - conservative, hard working, innovative, visionary - that
must suffer the liberal policies of majority. But, until good people get mad enough to rid their state of Feinstein, Brown, Pelosi, Newsom etal, they’re gonna have to just suck it up and vow to work harder next time.
The “Golden State” is in fact painted lead and sinking fast.
...so was Detroit.
No where in the report did I see which perps they were going to release. Is there no criteria for release?
Or maybe poor Sirhan Sirhan will finally be let loose. He's served more time in prison than any other convicted murderer in California for shooting (allegedly) just one person.
And we have all those 'poor disadvantaged minorities' who are doing 30 years for selling a single Rock of Crack. I'd bet they've all found God in prison and can't wait to find a nice job and start life over. They'd prolly even vote Republican.
Then we have all those brown people who were discriminated against by prejudiced white juries just because they had a few gang tattoos on their face and neck from when they were young and impressionable. By now I'm suuuure they'd make upstanding citizens as they are all very religious and good family men. They too would prolly all vote Republican as in their hearts they're all extremely conservative.
Lastly, they can release all those misunderstood white convicts who are allegedly in that Aryan Brotherhood thing. I'm sure that they only joined that group for protection against the really mean guys. They're not really racist manic killers you know.
So all in all I think that 'The Wise Latina' and that Butch in a Black Robe made the correct decision. Yep. It's a good thing that that ex ACLU lawyer, Ruth Buzzy Ginsberg was there to steer the majority in the right direction.
These prisoners have rights too ya know. And living in cramped prisons is inhumane and just encourages bad behavior from these really nice people who were wrongly or unjustly convicted.
This means Bryer, Ginsburg, Kagan, Kennedy and Sotomeyor were for the decision blanketing California with Felons.
Way to go Liberals!
Non-felons can’t even find work.
These unemployed felons will have to turn to crime to survive.
Just release them five miles off the CA coast. Or in the dessert along the Mexico border.
Every time a judge or other official makes a decision that puts a criminal back on the streets - that official should be held criminally responsible for ANY AND ALL crimes that released convict commits. Decisions have consequences.
Bears repeating. To expand, Ted Kennedy's legacy is one of destruction of liberty and prospertiy on a truely epic scale.
CA has a population of about 36 million - releasing 36,000 prisoners is gonna dump about 0.1% chronically unemployable people onto the streets ...
Take about an 80% recividism rate, about 29,000 are gonna commit more crimes. If each commits 5 crimes before being convicted and returned to prison, about 150,000 additional crimes are going to take place. Say, 10% are violent - thats 15,000 !!!
Now, CA has been ordered before to release prisoners and has always been saved by the conservative Supreme Court [ironic, ain’t it]. You would think that CA would realize that sometime its luck would run out, like it did today ...
So, WHY didn’t CA build MORE prisons in the interim instead of spending money on social programs like a drunken sailor in a French whorehouse on “Dollar Day” ???
Should the State Legislature need to pass a bill to prioritize release of convicts, who should be first?
Those convicted of assaulting sitting judges?
Those threatening members of the judiciary?
Or maybe they should work to balance the budget by laying off bailiffs?
Maybe prison budgets could be realigned to remove cable TV, etc. Return to prison labor. Chain gangs.
Some People Act Differently
This is going to work out well. Hope that they all relocate to nazi pelosi’s district.
The Federal Government that has no money, must first take it from the State in order to give it to the State, minus a handling fee. Perfect.
“California is the crown jewel of America”
I suspect this is just an end run around the 3 strike law.
Liberals hated this law (taking career criminals off the street)
They could not get the law over turn so they did the next best things. Quit building prisons and like an overflowing toilet let it fill up.
Then liberals do what liberals always do when they can not get public support for their views, they run to the courts.
How many innocent people will be robbed, injured or murdered when these thousands of criminals are let back loose in society.
How many millions of dollars will be lost because of these crimes and for the eventual (hopeful) prosecution of these criminals and sent back to prison (only to force more criminals out onto the streets).
California is broke and liberals have broken it.
Now I know why I have 2 loaded handguns at my bedside. God forbid I ever have to use any of them in my hometown San Jose.