20 000 sentenced to life in prison will be released in California for “good behavior”
California Governor Gavin Newsom has decided to free more than 76,000 criminals from prisons, including rapists, murderers and robbers.
The Associated Press reported that of the 76,000 who will be eligible for early release, some 63,000 were convicted of violent crimes. They will now be eligible to obtain good behavior credits that will “shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017,” the outlet reported. That number includes 20,000 inmates who were sentenced to life sentences with the possibility of parole.
“More than 10,000 inmates convicted of a second serious but nonviolent offense under the state’s ‘three strikes’ law will be eligible for release after serving half their sentences. That’s an increase from the current time-served credit of one-third of their sentence,” the AP added.
Previously, California freed prisoners uncontrollably in an attempt to save their lives and prevent infection with Covid. Now Newsom professes being released from prison for "good behavior."
"The goal is to increase incentives for the incarcerated population to practice good behavior and follow the rules while serving their time, and participate in rehabilitative and educational programs, which will lead to safer prisons," department spokeswoman Dana Simas said in a statement.
According to Fox News, Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation that represents crime victims, said the notion that the credits are for good behavior is a misnomer.
"You don’t have to be good to get good time credits. People who lose good time credits for misconduct get them back, they don’t stay gone," he said. "They could be a useful device for managing the population if they had more teeth in them. But they don’t. They’re in reality just a giveaway."
To date, the exact list of the names of those prisoners who will be released has not yet been compiled.
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