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D.A. Expresses Serious Concerns Over Proposed Early Release

Sonora, Ca — Tuolumne County District Attorney Donald Segerstrom has expressed serious concerns over the proposed early release of approximately 23,000 Level One prisoners.

Governor Schwarzenegger authored that proposal Thursday in Sacramento. Segerstrom says what is initially thought to be only a fiscal decision will develop into a series of potentially dangerous ramifications for Californians.

For example, many of the Level One inmates that would be released are hardened drug offenders-addicts. When they leave prison they´re given perhaps $200 and sent packing. In order to support their habit these are the type of individuals, according to Segerstrom, who will commit property crimes in order to support their habit. They are creatures of habit. With more former prisoners on the streets and fewer law enforcement personnel to police them (that´s part of the cross-the-board 10% cut), the general public´s safety would potentially be endangered.

In addition, many of the Level One inmates throughout California are stationed in the fire camps. Fewer inmates, fewer firefighters during fire season.

Still another part of the program would be a reduction in the number of parole officers while there, again, would be a growing number of inmates on the streets who should still be behind bars. According to Segerstrom there is a pilot program in two southern California counties that is reducing the standard parole time of three years to only six months.

Written by Bill Johnson