According to NBCLosAngeles.com, since taking office three years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown “has affirmed 82 percent of the parole board decisions, resulting in a record number of inmates with life sentences going free.”
The reason Gov. Brown continually releases prisoners is because of the “decades-long prison-crowding crisis”. Rather than building new prisons, Brown is simply letting them go.
Crime victims and their advocates have said the releases are an injustice to the victims and that the parolees could pose a danger to the public. More than 80 percent of lifers are in prison for murder, while the remaining are mostly rapists and kidnappers.
“This is playing Russian roulette with public safety,” said Christine Ward, executive director of the Crime Victims Action Alliance. “This is a change of philosophy that can be dangerous.”
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