Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Court Order To Decrease Prison Population Could Put Over 9,000 Inmates On The Streets

JailThe California State Sheriffs’ Association unalterably disagrees with the Three-Judge Panel court order issued yesterday ordering the immediate release of prison inmates. “This order is unbelievably ill-advised and a tremendous threat to public safety,” said CSSA President, Sheriff Greg Ahern.

“With the order to achieve 137.5% of design capacity in State’s prisons, this means releasing over 9,000 inmates to our streets.  It is categorically unacceptable,” he further stated. “California Sheriffs have worked tirelessly over the last 18 months to implement public safety realignment. While it is still a work in progress, many of us have been able to provide programs and services to inmates that may not have been accessible to them in the past. And we continue to look for solutions to some of the unforeseen difficulties. It is our hope that when inmates are released, they will be successful out of custody and not be faced with the certainty of recidivism.”

“Over 30 Sheriffs are in counties with jail facilities under some kind of population cap, court-ordered or self-imposed.  These facilities simply cannot absorb the wave of criminality that would come with an immediate release of such a large number of inmates, Ahern continued.”

“This order is not a solution – it is irretrievably harmful to public safety and the communities we serve. We strongly support Governor Brown’s request to stay this order and have the State’s appeal heard by the U. S. Supreme Court.”

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