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Segerstrom On Release

Sonora, CA — Tuolumne County District Attorney Donald Segerstrom admits changes are in the wind with the current state prison release program.

Attending the California District Attorney’s Association convention at the Claremont Hotel in Oakland last week county prosecutors were told in no uncertain terms by the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that a number of release programs are cost and not public safety driven.

Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing a $1.2 billion reduction in the C.D.C.R. budget. $360 million of that would come from this first release program.

Segerstrom admits the public should be concerned. For example, “If John Doe is released  from say Folsom State Prison and he’s scheduled to travel to Los Angels with his $200, he can go anywhere he wants because released inmates will be absolutely no supervision.”

Segerstrom agrees with our three Mother Lode Views guests this past weekend (Jim Mele, Dennis Downum and Jeff Tuttle) that “It is likely that many released inmates will return to a life of crime for two reasons. First of all there is basically no rehabilitation program in the state prison system and secondly, given California’s 12.2 percent unemployment rate, inmates will be at the end of the line when it comes to the few jobs that are available.”

Segerstrom adds that many prisoners will now get one day’s credit for one day served. Anotherwards if a prisoner is sentenced to six months he will only service three before he is released.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com