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Judges Order Calif. to Cut Inmate Population by 10,000

June 21, 2013  | 

A three-judge panel has ordered California to start releasing inmates so the state can cut its prison population by 10,000 by the end of the year because medical care and other conditions are unconstitutional.

The judges—U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton of Sacramento, Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson of San Francisco—ordered the state to expand the use of good-time credits to cut the inmate population, a tool the judges indicated would trim prison sentences of some inmates by several months without endangering the public, reports the Sacramento Bee.

The state must reduce its prison population to less than 137% capacity, the judges said Thursday. The ruling immediately drew fire from the California Police Chiefs Association, which released a statement saying the chiefs are appalled.

"We find it incredible that the court is putting the concerns of convicted felons before the safety of our communities, whose members depend on us for their safety and well-being," said Covina Police Chief Kim Raney, the association's president. "This will have a direct, unambiguous and severe impact on public safety."

Gov. Jerry Brown is attempted to obtain a judicial stay that would halt the release.

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[email protected] @ 6/21/2013 7:03 PM

Great move judges! And where in your neighborhoods will the "10,000" housed? What? NIMBY? But your honor, these kind hearted men have whole passel of "good-time credits" to their name so we're sure you'd welcome them into your homes with your wives and children, right? Blues, Stay Safe. And watch out for the "justice" system.

Officerjason @ 6/24/2013 8:26 AM

This is what happens when your state gives illegal immigrants a free ride. You can only pay out so much tax free income without going broke. Kill-a-fornia is a perfect example of how to NOT run a state and a terrible example to follow...especially the judicial system and citizens rights. We should build a border fence around THAT border and be rid of the real immigration threat...

Rick @ 6/24/2013 2:46 PM

Crime is going up in CA as LE agencies make cuts, sometimes drastic cuts and prisoners are released. To make CA safer, the liberal legislature and liberal governor outlawed the open carry of UNLOADED firearms. Since gang bangers and the deranged don't abide by the law, it has no effect on crime. Strong CCW laws would enable citizens do defend themselves, but the libs won't have it, despite the overwhelming evidence available.

TedB @ 6/24/2013 2:52 PM

As a native Californian who escaped to Nevada, I wonder if we could somehow acquire the border fence that the illegals are not using right now. We could put it up through the Sierras and fence all the idiots in so they couldn't escape and pose a health threat to all the normal people in the world. They would first kill off all the naive people who are innocent but too slow to realize what has happened to their state; then the lawyers, politicians and judges who created them; and finally each other.

Mike @ 6/24/2013 4:13 PM

Outstanding Job Democrats!………….Stand Proud, you’re doing a wonderful job destroying our nation.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/24/2013 4:19 PM

Hi all, I'm, a native Californian and love it here. My state has 38 million people and letting 10,000 dirt bags back out is just a drop in the bucket and if they act up we have enough police to put them back. I will admit though we have to many republicans.

Mike @ 6/24/2013 4:37 PM

Capt. Crunch, You’re right, I can’t understand why any good hard working republican would want to stay in California either, but you’re lucky they are. I mean whose pockets would you stick your hands into if they weren’t there?

Capt. Crunch @ 6/24/2013 6:29 PM

Mike, the problem is keeping the republicans hands out of my pockets. You will know what I'm, talking about when it comes time for you to retire. Look up WEP or ask any postal employee.

[email protected] @ 6/24/2013 10:04 PM

capt.crunch, your not really an LEO are you? "...enough police to put them back"? Back where? And you'd best check your sworn list 'cause it is dwindling due to cut backs and early retirements. Blues, Stay Safe.

rob @ 6/24/2013 10:38 PM

Don't worry citizens of kalifornia will have all the anti gun laws to protect them from those felons. I'm certain the felons will now follow the laws as well.

Mike @ 6/25/2013 4:41 AM

Capt. Crunch...... It is time for me to retire, but I can't because in the last two years my health insurance has gone up 35% thanks to Obamacare. Furthermore, it is expected to keep climbing. What happened to the 2,500 dollar health insurance discount Obama promised me? I'll have to ask him after he returns from Africa. Another multimillion dollar vacation. My family will be staying home this summer.

TH133 @ 6/25/2013 11:21 AM

I think the Capt. Crunch refers to the cereal he eats all day because obviously he doesn't work.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/25/2013 11:49 AM

bob, if you are a police officer your probability the type that drives the patrol car around town with the window up and eats hot dogs with mayonnaise. Back where you ask " up yours" now you and your boyfriend TH133, have somthing to talk about. Cheers sponge bob.

Cal Cop @ 6/25/2013 3:35 PM

Capt Crunch, I don't believe you live or have ever been to California. Crime is up, cops are down. OPD can't handle the crime now, they have to use ACSO and CHP to help. 10,000 from the "Q", and PB are going to go straight to LA and Oakland and have a party. Gov Moonbeam doesn't care because he is surrounded by at least 20 CHP whenever he goes anywhere. Republicans have nothing to do with the release. They voted against it. As for republicans getting your money, the last time I looked, the State House was overwhelming Democrate, and they are the ones approving all the new taxes.

Capt. crunch @ 6/25/2013 6:02 PM

Cal Cop, yes I live in California and as far as the 10,000 dirt bags go I guess you and I and others will have to deal with it. I do not like high taxes, but the reason we have them is because the republicans wrecked the economy. But not to worry Pres. Obama, will fix everything. P.S. glad you are staying here.

ftrnr @ 6/26/2013 4:06 AM

lmao why would you argue with Captain Crunch? Everyone can see he is not a cop, good thing we have tests to get in. I agree with him on one point though, Obama will fix everything. I remember his first 16 months in office when ALL the troops were pulled out of Iraq, as well as the withdrawal from Afghanistan which was begun with great forethought and a tripling of troops on the ground.

Take care blues, and Capt. Crunch, perhaps you should find a blog about pencil sharpening or something similar that you can post on where they might take you seriously.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/26/2013 10:38 AM

ftrnr, not to worry Obama, loves you even though you are a funny republican and as far as pencils go you can take one and shove it were the sun don't shine.

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