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Lack of post-release transport in county’s inmate transfer policy raises concerns
Gypsy Rose Blanchard was released early in the day from the Chillicothe Correctional Center; she was granted parole after serving 85% of her sentence
The move follows the quiet release of a convicted murderer more than a decade before the end of his sentence when a state judge approved a court order right before he retired
Officer Julie Jacks was heard saying “he’s going for my gun” over the radio before Isaac Jones fatally shot her three times with her .45-caliber service firearm
Van Houten was found suitable for parole after a July 2020 hearing, but her release was blocked by Gov. Newsom, who maintained she was still a threat to society
Leslie Van Houten was 19 when she helped Manson and other followers kill Leno LaBianca, a grocery executive in Los Angeles, and his wife, Rosemary, in 1969
The information was shared after a former CO’s sworn statement helped lead to the 16-year early release of convicted killer Jeroid Price
Inmates were released in waves this week due to issues notifying the victims and their families about the planned mass release
Ninety-one California inmates died while they were awaiting compassionate release between January 2015 and April 2021, according to the nonprofit advocacy group FAMM
Last month, the General Assembly passed a budget amendment that excluded those with violent offenses from state’s earned sentence credit program
Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10, was one of 19 children killed when a gunman opened fire inside Robb Elementary
Ike Nicholas Souzer, who was taken back into custody Sunday, was released over objections from his family and the DA’s office
The deadline for written comment is April 13
“The law was on our side. Until this law was not,” a family member said
In addition to cutting down on jailing costs, the programs are almost entirely funded through offender user fees and grants
“It made me start the grieving process all over again knowing he was free and they are dead,” a family member said
“If you stare at a wall you’re getting good-conduct credits,” said Chief Deputy DA Rod Norgaard. “You just don’t have to stab anybody that day”
The First Step Act is intended to encourage inmates to participate in programs aimed at reducing recidivism
The order will prevent the state from releasing inmates after serving only one-third of their sentences – at least until the next court date
The man responsible had been released from prison in 2016 after serving a little more than three years of a 10-year sentence for manslaughter
Court says no to compassionate release request for convicted murderer and drug kingpin in this recent case
A flaw in the new good-conduct credit program caused some inmates’ sentences to be lengthened rather than cut short
“If we can help people change their behavior in the community versus in a jail or prison setting, that’s the goal”
She said that the move would be too ‘disruptive,’ but acknowledged the likelihood of an eventual reversal
“Allowing the early release of the most dangerous criminals impacts crime victims and creates a serious public safety risk,” said DA Anne Marie Schubert
Officials say the goal of the new rules is to reward inmates who better themselves, including violent offenders
The settlement calls for the release of low- to medium-risk inmates who are within nine months of their release date
The study said preliminary evidence showed that freeing inmates didn’t create additional risk to the public
If the plan is adopted, the court could release anybody who’s spent more than six months behind bars for second, third or fourth degree charges