California state officials have made more than 63,000 felons convicted of violent crimes eligible for early prison release, including almost 20,000 convicts who are serving life sentences.
As part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) promise to empty the state’s prisons, the Office of Administrative Law approved making a total of 76,000 convicts in California jails and prisons eligible for early release, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Of those 76,000 eligible convicts, more than 63,000 are locked up for violent crimes — including close to 20,000 who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole. The new plan will allow eligible convicts to shorten their prison sentences by one-third with “good behavior credits,” according to the AP.
About 10,000 convicts in prison for their second nonviolent conviction will be able to get early release after only serving half of their sentence. Another 2,900 convicts in prison for their