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Antonovich slams federal ruling to release inmates

Posted: August 6, 2009 3:55 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2009 3:53 p.m.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich criticized a ruling by a panel of three federal judges requiring that California release approximately 40,000 convicted criminals from state prisons.

"Dumping thousands of convicted criminals in our neighborhoods is reckless and irresponsible," Antonovich said. "It is pathetic to have Justice Stephen Reinhardt -- husband of ACLU Director Ramona Ripston - advance the agenda of the American Criminal Liberties Union and its efforts to decriminalize the criminal justice system."

"This decision undermines local government's ability to provide public safety services and needs to be appealed to the United States Supreme Court," he added.

If the Court's ruling stands, California's 33 prisons, which currently house 150,354 inmates would have to be reduced to 109,763 inmates, resulting in a court-ordered reduction of 40,591 inmates.


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