Sonora, CA — While Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed the early release of 22-23,000 prisoners due to the state´s budget crisis, a panel of three judges is contemplating the early release of some 40,000 prisoners due to overcrowding and lack of proper medical care in the California State Corrections System.
This weekend Mother Lode Views will focus on the potential early release issue in relationship to the 172,000 California inmates.
Sonora Police Chief Mace McIntosh has labeled such an early release program as the most critical issue in his law enforcement career.
Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele states that such a program will simply overwhelm local authorities in addition to probation officers throughout the state.
Captain Jim Macedo of the Calaveras County Sheriff´s Department will comment that with 70% of all inmates returning to prisons or jails, approximately 300 prisoners would be returning to Calaveras County. The San Andreas facility only has 65 beds.
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Written by Bill Johnson