Calif. considers speeding up inmate releases

Originally posted on The Beast 980:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is considering speeding up the release of some inmates while allowing other inmates with a violent history to become firefighters, under a proposal to cut crowding in state prisons Gov. Jerry Brown filed late Thursday night.

“The plan is ugly. We don’t like it. But considering the inmates we have left in our prison population, it’s the best plan we can come up with,” Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said at a Friday news conference.

Beard said some of the options could undermine public safety, and said the state plans to appeal in an attempt to avoid going through with the measures.

The governor’s plan calls for increasing early release credits for inmates and paroling elderly and incapacitated prisoners, while slowing the return of thousands of inmates who are being held in private prisons in other states.

Federal courts required the state to outline by midnight…

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