"Crime Victim Advocates say Gov. Jerry Brown allowed many convicted murders' to be released on parole".
Written by Nannette Miranda, ABC NEWS, PM, Feb 10, 2012 - Sacramento, CA
Murderer Parole Rate:
•Jerry Brown (D) - 80 percent
•Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) - 25 percent
•Gray Davis (D) - 2 percent
*Source: Associated Press
"Under this administration, it seems very much the flood gates have been open and let them go free," CVAA spokesperson Christine Ward said. "That concerns us terribly."
The Brown administration pointed out that Brown is only following the law and that other governors were not. Under the Schwarzenegger administration, for instance, the courts stepped in and let almost paroled killers go despite what Schwarzenegger wanted. "Other governors have routinely flouted the law and ignored the law," Gov. Brown's Spokesperson Evan Westrup said. "What the law says is that if an individual has been deemed not a threat to public safety, then the governor must allow the parole decision to stand." Brown's aides said the streets are not any more dangerous. Stanford University found that of the 860 murderers released since 1995, only five were arrested for another crime, none violent, less than one-half of 1 percent.
"We feel good about these decisions," Westrup said in reference to the Governor's reversals. "They are reasoned and they're thorough and we're confident."
While Charles Manson follower, Tex Watson, was denied parole for the 17th time in 2011, crime victims groups wonder about the next time. "Many of the Manson clan have done perfect in prison," Ward said. "They could very well end up being in front of the Governor someday who, at this rate, may let them out."
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