California Is Releasing 63,000 Criminals Back Onto The Street To Create ‘Safer Prisons’

California is attempting to create “safer prison” environments. Normally, something such as trying to make prisons safer would be a respectable move. But the strategy being used has caused a lot of backlash — and rightfully so.

According to the Washington Examiner, the state of California is set to release roughly 63,000 inmates, some convicted of violent crimes, in order to have safe prisons. Yes, you read that correctly. California is making prisons safer by making the everyday streets more dangerous.

“The goal is to increase incentives for the incarcerated population to practice good behavior and follow the rules while serving their time and participate in rehabilitative and educational programs, which will lead to safer prisons,” Dana Simas, a state Office of Administrative Law spokeswoman, said in a statement, via the Washington Examiner.

“Additionally, these changes would help to reduce the prison population by allowing incarcerated persons to earn their way home sooner.”

I get the gesture here. I really do, but this isn’t the logical way to go about this.

Inmates who have been convicted of violent crimes can walk a straight line for a period — or at least some can — in order to get these “good time credits.” It’s not rehabilitation as much as it is the appearance of rehabilitation.

Criminal Justice Legal Foundation Legal Director Kent Scheidegger pointed out that the system could be effective if used correctly, but he doesn’t believe it it is being utilized properly. According to him, the good credits are too easy to obtain — and keep.

“You don’t have to be good to get good time credits. People who lose good time credits for misconduct get them back, they don’t stay gone,” he told NBC News. “They could be a useful device for managing the population if they had more teeth in them. But they don’t. They’re, in reality, just a giveaway.”

What are your thoughts on this decision?

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. Its almost like those who have homes and family in California are stuck in a no win spot because finding a new job and new home in another state can be next to impossible for middle income families, much less lower income families. What a disaster California has become and a waste of tremendous potential.

  2. If they truly want to make prisons better, stop filling prisons with people for drug possession and nonviolent crimes, and start sentencing all violent crime convictions to the max.

    Newsom is a hired gun to sabotage California. If Californians keep electing clowns they shouldn’t be surprised when there’s a circus.

    • 100% agree with John’s take. For the sake of arguing with the premise of the article, I’d also add that of the 63,000 inmates being released, how many have committed violent crimes? And what were those crimes? Outkick is all about truth and facts, right? So more detail here is warranted. Definitely important. Wouldn’t want to think these numbers are being left out of the article just to make CA/liberals look bad. If the vast majority of the 63,000 being released committed non-violent/drug offenses (and are NOT connected to a gang or drug organization), I think the release is reasonable. Either way, would just like to know more detail on the types of people being released. Thanks.

  3. The reality is that CA prisons primarily house violent felons now. Simple drug possessors and car thieves are not generally being sent to prison for their felonies. It all gets back to leadership at the top level. This is just another thing in the long list of issues about which Newsom is indifferent. His idyllic life and the lives of his family will never be impacted by this. Local jurisdictions are already feeling the sting of zero bail and a move towards decriminalizing certain offenses in the name of re-purposing public safety.

    In the end, it demonstrates what happens when people in a state reflexively vote a certain way. I am assuming that these folks are happy with all of the new changes. I feel for those who didn’t vote for any of this.

    • EXACTLY. Newsom and his cronies passed “realignment” years ago which prevents sending most people to prison. Now, you can only go to state prison if you are convicted of a violent crime, a serious crime (its statutory, like Assault with a Deadly Weapon or Residential Burglary), a DUI where you hurt someone,, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and a series of sex crimes. Or you have a strike prior (a serious or violent felony prior).

      So there are no more “non-violent offenders” left in our prisons. BY LAW. Plus, CDCR hasn’t been taking new prisoners in for the last year because of COVID. This is a fucking joke, AGAIN, by our worthless governor.

      And he wonders why he is getting recalled.

  4. This is from a different article:

    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.

    More than 10,000 inmates convicted of a second serious but nonviolent offense under the state’s “three strikes” law will be eligible for release after serving half their sentences. That’s an increase from the current time-served credit of one-third of their sentence.

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