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Revolving doors on our prisons

Posted: August 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

With reference to the recent AP article in the Signal, Saturday August 3, 2013, titled "Court won’t delay inmate release."

Please, someone, if you are able, correct me on my following assumptions:

Assuming that 10,000 California inmates are released early to meet the U.S. Supreme Court mandate:

What amount of additional crime could we anticipate should only 1 out of every 20 inmates released return to a life of crime? Mathematically, I believe that would be 5 percent of 10,000 resulting in approximately 500 crimes. And what if this 5 percent were to commit crimes only every three months? That equates to 2,000 crimes in a year. And, is anyone out there ready to believe that only 1 out of 20 criminals released will return to a life of crime?

This gives rise to several questions:

a) Will there be any further need for any law enforcement? If an individual were to be apprehended and convicted, where would we be able to incarcerate him/her? Either the newly convicted criminal would have to be released, or another criminal would have to be released early from our prison system to make room for the newly convicted individual. A revolving door, so to speak.

b) Who are we to hold responsible for the forthcoming DUIs, thefts, burglaries, physical attacks, armed robberies, rapes, child abuses, attempted murders and murders? We are told that only the less dangerous inmates are to receive early release. That may be so for the most part.

However, from those released, the potential still exist for those individuals to commit any type and number of crimes.

My stomach turns at the anticipation of the lawlessness to ensue. I could be wrong, but if we are not already the most lawless state in the union, we will most definitely earn that horrific title.

A side note. Would it not be prudent to take advantage of this opportunity to turn over any of the incarcerated illegal aliens to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency?

Not only are they guilty of illegal entry into our nation but have chosen to carry out other criminal activities. Ouch!

I have no idea as to whether your voice on this issue would receive attention or not, but please consider contacting your government representatives and express your views. Ten thousand additional criminals back out on our streets.

God help us all.


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