(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Ted Lieu and Alyson Huber today joined Crime Victims United and law enforcement officials to call on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to implement common-sense public safety protections as tens of thousands of prisoners begin to be set free early, many without parole supervision and with no rehabilitation. Lieu and Huber announced the introduction of Assembly Bill 1678 to mandate public safety protections.
"As a tidal wave of prisoners are released back into our community, many of them without rehabilitation services or parole supervision, it is imperative that common-sense public safety protections be in place to protect the public and help local law enforcement shoulder the burden of the early release of convicted criminals," said Assemblymember Ted Lieu. "Law enforcement not only needs to know who CDCR is releasing early and without parole supervision, but they should also have a voice to ensure CDCR isn't releasing prisoners who will immediately commit another crime."
Under the Governor's proposals, which became law today, three fundamental changes will occur. First, many criminals behind bars in either state prisons or local jails will have their confinement cut in half. For every six months a criminal serves in confinement, that criminal will receive six months of early release credit. Second, for state prisoners, CDCR begins determining which prisoners to release without parole supervision, also known as Non-Revocable Parole. Third, rehabilitation programs in state prisons will be gutted and 600 to 800 vocational and educational prison instructors will be given pink slips.
"Public safety must be our number one priority," said Assemblymember Alyson Huber. "That's why we are calling on CDCR to immediately involve local law enforcement."
"In an effort to save money, we believe the crime reductions many communities have seen could be at risk," said Floyd Hayhurst, Vice President of the Association for Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs. "We believe the state should implement ways to reduce the impact of early release."
Assembly Bill 1678, authored by Assemblymembers Lieu and Huber, was introduced today to mandate common sense public safety protections. Specifically, AB 1678 would enable local law enforcement agencies to object to the release of a convicted felon into Non-Revocable Parole status; require CDCR to notify local law enforcement agencies with critical information about identity, location and criminal history within a reasonable time period prior to their release; and increase transparency by making public a list of crimes committed by prisoners being released without parole supervision.
"We believe these protections are reasonable and will help us control crime and protect the public," said Brian Johnson, Director for the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
Website of Assemblymember Lieu: www.asm.ca.gov/lieu
Website of Assemblymember Huber: www.asm.ca.gov/huber
Here are links to audio of Assemblymembers Lieu & Huber:
Assemblymember Lieu's opening remarks at today's news conference. (3:15) mp3
Assemblymember Huber's opening remarks at today's news conference. (1:32) mp3
Assemblymember Lieu says the actions by the Department of Corrections will have a devastating impact on local communities. (:12) mp3
Assemblymember Lieu says no matter what anyone else calls it today's actions amount to early release. (:45) mp3
Assemblymember Huber says She hopes AB 1678 ends up being unnecessary. (:17) mp3
Contact: Shannon Murphy (Bass) (916) 319-2408
Contact: Jeff Barbosa (Torrico) (916) 319-2020