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CA EARLY JAIL RELEASES INCREASE- 08-18-14 7:30 SG

STATE OFFICIALS HAVE REPORTED AN INCREASE OF EARLY JAIL RELEASES IN COUNTIES ACROSS CALIFORNIA.     NEARLY              14,000 INMATES ARE BEING RELEASED EVERY MONTH TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING IN PRISONS, MARKING A 34% INCREASE OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS.     THE RELEASES HAVE SURGED SINCE REALIGNMENT EFFORTS BEGAN IN 2011.    JAILERS HAVE SINCE BEEN MAKING ROOM FOR SERIOUS OFFENDERS, BY LETTING GO OF CRIMINALS WHO HAVE COMMITTED MISDEMEANORS INCLUDING PAROLE VIOLATION, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND D-U-I.      THE ISSUE STEMS FROM A SHARP INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PRISONERS OVER THE LAST FOUR DECADES FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF STRICT SENTENCING LAWS TO COMBAT DRUG TRAFFICKING.

 

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