California prison officials had filed emergency regulations to increase good conduct credits for second-strike inmates serving time for non-violent offenses who are housed in minimum-security prisons and camps.
Their daily credits were to be increased from half of their sentences to two-thirds of their sentences as of New Years Saturday.
Nearly half of county DAs oppose earlier versions
“Many of these so-called second non-violent attackers have long and violent criminal histories.” – Anne Marie Schubert, Sacramento County Attorney
Twenty-eight of California’s 58 prosecutors have decided to block the rule.
A Sacramento County judge has imposed a temporary restraining order barring the change until a hearing next month.
Prosecutors argued that it would apply to those convicted of, inter alia, domestic violence, human trafficking, cruelty to animals and possession of weapons by inmates who have previously been convicted of crimes. serious and violent crimes. California has a narrow definition of what constitutes violent crime.
The judge does not block all the provisions
Prison officials said they are reviewing the judge’s order and will proceed with other parts of the settlement that have not been blocked.
“Many of these so-called second nonviolent attackers have long and violent criminal histories – including repeat convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault and gun violence,” Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.
She led the effort and is running for state attorney general on a law enforcement platform. Prosecutors did not oppose related changes in the way good conduct credits are awarded to detained firefighters.
“No one disputes the conduct credits for work in a fire camp, but sneaking into another category of individuals with serious and violent criminal histories goes too far,” Schubert said.
Corrections officials responded in a statement that their primary mission is public safety.
“As part of this mission, we will continue to ensure that inmates who make efforts for their own rehabilitation by maintaining good behavior and participating in rehabilitation programs and opportunities have the opportunity to earn credits for their own. efforts, ”they said.