Kirsters Baish| The state of California is hoping to reduce their overcrowding issue in state prisons after voters approved a ballot measure known as Proposition 57 back in 2016. Proposition 57 allows for the early parole release of what they call “non-violent offenders.”
Proposition 57 passed in the state of California. The Daily Caller reported that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown released a statement in which he promised that those convicted of a non-violent sexual offense would be excluded from consideration for early release.
It’s looking more and more like that might be about to change. More than 10,000 sex offenders might be released onto the streets very soon because of the ruling of a superior court judge in Sacramento. What this means is that those convicted of things like incest, pimping minors into prostitution, as well as possession of child pornography might be able to leave prison and join the rest of the world.
It was reported by the Los Angeles Times that on Friday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner pushed a preliminary order to California State prison officials. The order stated that they must rewrite their regulations coming from Proposition 57.
The state of California argued that Proposition 57 allowed officials a much more broad discretion to either include or not include any class of offenders from consideration for early parole, including sexual offenders. Judge Number disagreed and felt that the state had gone too far in excluding non-violent sex offenders.
Sumner was quoted saying, “If the voters had intended to exclude all registered sex offenders from early parole consideration under Proposition 57, they presumably would have said so.”
Sumner went on to say that the Corrections Department were only able to exclude violent sex offenders from early parole. He then ordered that the department must define what constituted a violent sexual offense verses a non-violent sexual offense.
Sumner also stated that sexual offenders who had already served time for the crimes that they had committed, which includes violent ones, but were not in prison due to violent offenses must be included in the early parole consideration process.
Conservative Tribune reported:
Of course, the ruling was heralded by a Sacramento attorney who is president of California Reform Sex Offender Laws, Janice Belluci, who estimated the change could allow for the release of roughly half of the state’s more than 20,000 sex offenders serving time in prison.
She argued that anyone convicted of a sex crime who was not included on the state’s narrow list of 23 violent offenses — things like murder, kidnapping and rape — must be considered eligible for early parole like other non-violent convicts.
“Until they figure something else out, they have to consider anybody convicted of a nonviolent offense even if it was a sex offense,” Bellucci told reporters outside the courtroom. “We believe we’ve won a battle, but the war continues.”
We have to also remind you that not only are those convicted of pimping a minor, incest, or possessing kiddy porn being considered for early release, but so are those convicted of things like indecent exposure, intimately touching an unlawfully restrained person as well as those who have raped or drugged an unconscious victim. Apparently this is not considered violent in the state of California.
It’s stories like this that make people wish that California would detach from the rest of the United States and drift away into the ocean.