On March 17, 2020, a Sacramento County judge authorized the Sheriff’s Office to release prisoners who have 30 days or less left in their sentences.
Abbie VanSickle, a staff writer at The Marshall Project, tweeted, “BREAKING: Sacramento County judge authorizes the Sheriff’s Office to release jail inmates with 30 days or less remaining in their sentences. Ordered signed today and in effect until May 30. Includes misdemeanors and felonies. @MarshallProj”
BREAKING: Sacramento County judge authorizes the Sheriff's Office to release jail inmates with 30 days or less remaining in their sentences. Ordered signed today and in effect until May 30. Includes misdemeanors and felonies. @MarshallProj
— Abbie VanSickle (@AbbieVanSickle) March 17, 2020
CBS13 reported that sheriff’s still have the power to not release prisoners.
In the Sacramento County Jail, visitation has been suspended until the end of the month in order to promote public health.
“We’re helping the virus, in fact, if we’re keeping these people in these disgusting conditions,” said Deion Seruelo.
A few people see the validity in early release.
“I don’t have a problem with it, it makes sense. If they’re trying to make room, prevent overcrowding,” stated Colin Waters.
According to the LA Times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff has already started releasing inmates in an attempt to stop the Wuhan virus from spreading. The department is also reducing the number of people they plan on taking into custody.
If Sacramento County fully follows through with this, people hope the prisoners have somewhere to stay at.
“I think if they have homes that should definitely be a factor. I think if they don’t have homes than where would they go?“ said Jessica Jarrety.
The radical Left is fully taking advantage of this crisis to unleash their radical, anarcho-tyrannical experiments on the rest of the populace.
Law-abiding citizens will end up becoming the principal victims of such policies as political elites pontificate about “restorative” justice, while everyday people get terrorized by people who should not be back on the streets.
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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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