Schwarzenegger Appeals Prisoner Reduction to US Supreme Court

September 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for relief from a federal court’s order that the bankrupt state release 40,000 inmates from its severely overcrowded prisons. Schwarzenegger is seeking on his own, to reduce the prison population to save money, but wants the release done in smaller increments in a more orderly fashion.

The State of California has long been criticized for its overcrowded prisons, offering poor health care to the nearly 170,000 inmates in the prison system. Schwarzenegger supports releasing the prisoners to help the state trim costs, but doesn’t want a wholesale release of dangerous inmates released into the population.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said, “We need to reduce the prison population but we need to do so in a responsible way.”

The governor supported a recent bill approved by the state Senate, which would reduce the state’s prison population using certain criteria, such as the release of elderly and ailing inmates.

However, the public and the state legislature may no longer support the early release of prisoners, in light of the disturbing Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case, involving an 11-year-old girl snatched from the streets by a sex offender who was released early on parole.

Three years after sex offender, Phillip Garrido was released after only serving 11 years of a 50 year sentence, he kidnapped, raped and fathered two children with Jaycee Dugard, keeping her prisoner in his backyard for 18 years, until she was recently discovered and reunited with her family.

Schwarzenegger now faces the prospect of releasing 40,000 potential Phillip Garridos out into the streets.



One Response to “Schwarzenegger Appeals Prisoner Reduction to US Supreme Court”

  1. Janet on September 3rd, 2009 7:04 am

    Sex offenders can NEVER be reformed, they are sick people. Re-evaluate those “3-strikers” who may be 50 and had committed their offenses, which were not against defenseless children and women, years ago.

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