Friday, February 10, 2012

"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 
Crime Victims Action Alliance is calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to release more detailed information on the convicted killers whose release he declined to stop last year.  The state parole board approved 400 releases, just 10 percent of the cases, and Brown reversed only 71 decisions.  That gives Brown a higher release rate than his two predecessors.
 
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."
Submitted by Katie!  Thanks Katie!

11 comments:

Kimchi said...

what bugged me about this report was that they said it was Watson's 17th denial - in Nov. 2011 when the hearing occurred, it was actually his 16th...just seems like they are exaggerating things a wee bit... I think Brown is doing this to put pressure on the voters to approve his tax initiative...the same as the sheriff of LA County did - let inmates go early because he needed more money...and he got it..JMO

katie8753 said...

Hi Kimchi.

I know nothing about California, except that the state is practically bankrupt. Or at least it was. I'm not sure how that happened.

Jerry Brown is a liberal governor and as such, would probably be more in favor of letting prisoners go. It does equate to more money to do so.

I really don't think even he would let Manson or Watson go, but....squatty body, chimp ears and horseteeth? A definite maybe.

Maybe Jerry should get back with Linda Ronstandt. He wouldn't have time to think about releasing murderers. He could go to Blue Bayou. HA HA.

CarolMR said...

"Maybe Jerry should get back with Linda Ronstandt. He wouldn't have time to think about releasing murderers. He could go to Blue Bayou. HA HA." - katie

Nah. Linda is more liberal than Jerry is. She'd probably talk him into letting ALL prisoners out of jail!

axl805 said...

Leslie is the only one in my opinion who could get out. Bruce got really close, but I don't think he'll get out. He'll live about 45 minutes north of me if he does get out though. I'll go say "what's up Bruce!!!" I think the media (or opposing politicians) is probably blowing this up.....I agree with Kimchi that it seems exagerated.......hello and pleasant evening everyone

katie8753 said...

Hi Carol!!

Maybe she could yell at Tex "You're no good, you're no good, you're no good, baby you're no good. I'm gonna SAY IT AGAIN."

HA HA HA.

Dilligaf said...

Brown saying that he is adhering to the law while the other governors were is at best a lie. The courts have allowed leeway for the sitting governor, it is just that Brown is, and always has been soft on crime. He gave Califronia it's infamouse Inmate Bill of Rights, and the Rose Bird court. If he were proud that he was following the law, then he would not have tried to hide this, he would have been trumpeting it.

Kimchi is correct. I believe that this is part of Brown's orchestrated efforts to gain support for his November tax ballot, holding the citizens hostage, similar to what he is doing with cops & teachers. I suffered through the impact of his actions my entire career, society suffered, this will be no different. Lee Baca, the L.A. County Sheriff did successfully convince softheads that it was needed, and guess what? In the first 6 weeks of 2012, L.A. has had a serial killer, a serial arsonist, a school sex scandal, and several run-of-the-mill daily murders. Higher taxes have certainly made a difference....

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katie8753 said...

Hi Mr. Dill.

>>>Brown saying that he is adhering to the law while the other governors were is at best a lie. The courts have allowed leeway for the sitting governor, it is just that Brown is, and always has been soft on crime.>>>

I agree that Brown's "vomitus" is just another way of gaining voters by getting money for the citizens of CA.

I really don't know why Californians keep re-electing this doofus. He's a liberal that has made a mockery of everything sane.

>>>Kimchi is correct. I believe that this is part of Brown's orchestrated efforts to gain support for his November tax ballot, holding the citizens hostage, similar to what he is doing with cops & teachers.>>>

Agreed.

>>>I suffered through the impact of his actions my entire career, society suffered, this will be no different.>>>

Well I think that everyone will suffer until you elect a new Gov. I hope you make it thru.

katie8753 said...

Hi Josh.

I hope this is just a media blowup and these people aren't on the verge of getting out.

How do you know where Bruce would live if he got out?

Kimchi said...

>>How do you know where Bruce would live if he got out?<<

(I know you asked Josh this but...I'm taking a stab at it)
When he was asked what his parole plans were, he said he would live with his wife and daughter in Grover Beach, do landscaping jobs, and hopefully something for the church. Grover Beach is just outside of San Luis Obispo.

katie8753 said...

Thanks Kimchi!

Isn't he a little old to be doing landscaping jobs?? But then....he is good at digging holes. HA HA.