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Brown To Free More Prisoners, Seize More Guns

From a cheering Los Angeles Times:

Jerry Brown offers early releases, private prisons to ease crowding

By Paige St. John | May 3, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s office late Thursday produced a court-ordered plan to reduce prison crowding that includes the early release of elderly inmates and the relocation of thousands of offenders to private lockups or state fire camps, among other measures.

Brown said in his filing that he would also ask the Legislature to allow hundreds of prisoners who earn time-off credit for good conduct to be freed early, along with about 400 "low-risk" inmates who are elderly or medically frail. He will also seek funding to lease 1,600 private prison beds…

Brown has reduced inmate numbers since October 2011, partly by keeping some low-level offenders in county custody rather than sending them to state lockups. But the state still has more than 9,000 prisoners too many to satisfy the courts, and it is unclear whether the governor’s new proposals would remove all of them…

The governor’s filing makes clear that he has little taste for even his own latest recommendations. He will take the “unusual step" of drafting legislation he believes would "jeopardize public safety" and present it to lawmakers to consider, the document says…

We can see how much Gov. Brown cares about public safety from this report from a cheering Associated Press:

California governor signs bill to speed up gun seizures

May 02, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he has signed legislation expanding the ability of state agents to seize firearms from nearly 20,000 Californians who are not allowed to have them.

They collectively own more than 39,000 handguns and 1,670 assault weapons but are prohibited from owning firearms because they have been convicted of crimes, ruled mentally unstable or are subject to domestic violence restraining orders.

Somehow we suspect it will be bureaucrats who will ultimately get to decide who is and who isn’t ‘mentally unstable.’

The bill authorizes $24 million for the state Department of Justice’s Armed and Prohibited Persons program. The money will go to hire more agents to confiscate the weapons and reduce the backlog over the next three years.

The program, which is unique to California, cross-checks five databases to find people who bought weapons they are no longer legally allowed to own.

SB140 by Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, authorizes $24 million to hire more agents to confiscate the weapons and reduce the backlog over the next three years

"California is leading the nation in a common-sense effort to protect public safety," Attorney General Kamala Harris, who oversees the state Department of Justice, said in a statement.

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, a Democrat from St. Helena, introduced HR848 earlier this year to create a U.S. Department of Justice grant program for states that want to develop similar programs.

You see, you can infringe someone’s Constitutional right if they have ever been accused of domestic violence. Or if some bureaucrat thinks they are crazy.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Brown To Free More Prisoners, Seize More Guns”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “California is leading the nation in a common sense effort to protect public safety. ”
    Only on the left coast could this be deemed as looking out for its citizens.
    Of course, this may be common but it makes NO sense.

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