76,000 California inmates now eligible for earlier releases
Gavin Newsom is giving 76,000 inmates – 63,000 of which are violent and repeat felons – the chance to leave prison early, allowing inmates with good behavior to shorten their sentences by 1/3 instead of the 1/5 instituted in 2017, according to the Associated Press.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, the opportunity to leave prison earlier as the state aims to further trim the population of what once was the nation’s largest state correctional system.
More than 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes will be eligible for good behavior credits that shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017. That includes nearly 20,000 inmates who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole.
The new rules take effect Saturday but it will be months before any inmates go free earlier. Corrections officials say the goal is to reward inmates while critics said the move will endanger the public.