The U.S. Supreme Court in August 2013 paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by years end December 31, 2013. This decision came despite warnings from Governor Jerry Brown and state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they’re forced to open the prison gates.

California has the largest prison system in the U.S. consisting of 173,000 inmates which is more than the system is designed to hold. The over population is proving to be unsafe for the guards and has caused some inmate deaths.

The Supreme decision refused an emergency request by the governor to halt a lower court’s directive for the early release of the prisoners to ease overcrowding at California’s 33 adult prisons. A panel of 3 federal judges had previously ordered the state to cut its prison population by nearly 8% to roughly 110,000 inmates by Dec. 31, to avoid conditions amounting to cruel and unusual punishment.

Covina Police Chief Kim Raney, president of the California Police Chiefs Association said, “The Justices ignored efforts already underway to reduce prison populations and chose instead to allow for the release of more felons into already over-burdened communities.”

Inmate Lawyer, Don Specter, head of Berkeley-based prison Law Office, said the “decision underscores what inmates have been arguing for years. The conditions are still overcrowded, the medical and health care remain abysmal.”

Lawyers representing Governor Brown had argued to the high court that releasing 10,000 more inmates would mean letting violent criminals out on the streets overwhelming the abilities of the law enforcement and social services to monitor them. It’s naïve to consider the returning of 10,000 felons is harmless. “No data suggests that a sudden release of inmates with these characteristics can be done safely, the state said in its filing. No state has ever done it.”

Governor Jerry Brown has through crowding and foolish management of the inmate population of California prisons fallen below a minimum constitutional level of: Mental and Medical Health care and ineffective purging inmates of their addictions, illnesses and gang ties. One word that appears throughout various reports and federal court orders describes the State’s prison system as “crimino-genic”- referring to its high propensity to make inmates more likely than not, repeat offenders after release.

Gov. Brown said the State is spending $2 Billion on new or expanded facilities for inmate medical and mental health treatment. That includes seven new centers for mental health treatment and the opening last June of a $839 Million prison hospital in Stockton that will treat 1,722 inmates requiring long term care.

The State has reduced the population by 46,000 since 2006 using ”realignment” which is sentencing convicted offenders of non- violent, non-serious and non-sexual crimes to county jails instead of state prisons. Gov. Brown claims only “low level” offenders will be shifted to local communities, not true. He has re-defined the meaning of the (non) crime words as it applies to criminal acts to fit his purposes to comply and completely left out the realignment definition of non-sexual in his low level sentencing.

The proposal assumes that the following crimes are non-serious or non-violent, (partial list): Child abuse *Elder financial abuse *Hate crimes * 2nd violation of domestic violence protective order *Identity theft.

These are not considered serious or violent crimes under California‘s system defined in the penal code, yet California has the highest population of sex offenders.

There will be reduced supervision of specified sex offenders. “Realignment” would permit offenders convicted of certain sex offenses to be released to local probation departments without State parole. These offenses include: sexual battery, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child 14 years or older and production of child pornography. As a consequence {such offenders would NOT be subject to GPS monitoring] which is a condition of State parole under Jessica’s Law.

Some prisoners will avoid jail time altogether. Felons convicted of specified crimes that would have normally gone to state prison will be diverted to local probation Departments within the communities under “community supervision” or alternate custody.

Senate bill 1023 reduces the amount of time a prisoner stays on parole from 3 years to 1 year unless (CDCR) California. Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation authorizes counties to house prisoners in other communities. Unfortunately the parole system is not doing well, 51% recidivism as parole violators of which Los Angeles County holds 31.5%. The overwhelming majority is male and convicted of Drug crimes. Lawmakers consider this being non-violent and safe for early release alternative supervision.

In Merced a convicted sex offender released early from jail tried to assault a 20 year old woman. A Stockton man out on the streets under realignment was “arrested again” for brutally beating and attempted murder of his girlfriend.

Prior violent offenses indicate that these felons have a history of violence, they could and do strike again. This program is not limited to non-serious or non-violent offenders like Gov. Brown alludes. In fact offenders “with prior” serious and violent offenses will be under local supervision if their current offense was not deemed serious or violent by his “new terminology”. This early release gives California $1.2 Billion in savings.

Is this really only for small time crooks? Here is where it gets blurry in the plan. Part of the idea is an early release clause that would permit prison inmates to serve out their last year of sentence under house arrest. This could be equated with driving to the pharmacy for your drugs but you still get to keep you dealer.

I checked and California has at least 17 sanctuary cities. Here is a few:  Fresno – Long Beach – Los Angeles – Berkeley (inmate lawyer is from) – Lynwood – Concord – Sacramento (harbors and supports health care for illegals at county health clinics) – Montebello, wanted to stay incognito and asked to be removed off sanctuary list. LA Times blog posted, “3 men wounded in Montebello shooting, claims it is sanctuary city and crime involving illegals is an everyday thing.  They are still on the list.

Another interesting little known fact about how they got into this situation in the first place is Democrat Legislators voted it in. They re-allocated the money away from the prisons to… and then voted the early release in when the kitty came up short. Democrat Legislatures and the Unions greed for money had their hand in this fiasco for over a decade. The State Government  cancelled contracts with Corrections Corporation of America, Cornell Corrections and GEO Group (formally Wackenhut) resulting in the closure of all 7 private correctional facilities in California. These could have easily housed the original 63,000 overflow of inmates correcting the problem without endangering the public by putting felons back on the street or near bankrupting California.

Most of us do not live in sanctuary States. We don’t budget for them or their crime just as California is now finding out. It’s ironic that the felons get a better hospital and Doctors for (free use) on the taxpayers dollar than most of us will get to use; even with our higher premiums and without keeping  our Doctors and plans we liked under Obamacare.

Sources: Daily mail and Associated Press.com – www.CDCR.ca.gov  – LA Times blog. – www.E HOW.com – voices.yahoo.com – Cal watchdog.com – sanctuary cities.info.com