DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

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Source: District Attorney's Office

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 76,000 California inmates are being considered for earlier release from State Prison. Some of those inmates are in custody for violent crimes and/or are repeat (felony) offenders.

District Attorney Dudley seeks to remind the public, and specifically victims of violent crime, that her office is committed to protecting local crime victims and preventing additional crimes.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Assistance Program’s advocates stand ready to provide crisis intervention, crime prevention services, criminal case status information, victim compensation and court accompaniment to all local victims. The DA Advocates are available to both current and past victims of crime who are seeking information about an offender’s status and whereabouts, even long after they have been sent to State Prison.

Many California Laws have changed in recent years shortening the original State Prison Sentences. Often crime victims are caught unaware of modified sentences and early releases. If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of a crime and is concerned about a State Prison Inmate, his or her current status, prison release date or upcoming parole hearing, our Advocates can assist by navigating the local and state criminal justice system and provide crime prevention information and counseling assistance as necessary. 

District Attorney Dudley stated, “We continue to stand together committed to protecting and upholding crime victims’ rights as well as our public’s safety.”

For Non-Emergency Victim Assistance, an advocate is available 24/7 at (805) 568-2400.

 

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jdoggydogg May 07, 2021 05:41 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Is that JD deleting comments? It's true what's been said, you could care less about victims. I know, I've been one and dealing with your crew was a JOKE!

jdoggydogg May 07, 2021 05:33 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Glad to see all the Dudley non support. Vote this clown zunt to the curb and see how long she lasts working around her, she'd be done! Her only law job has been with the Santa Barbara District Attorney!

Bob From Ventura May 07, 2021 02:51 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

The voters elected the politicians and officials who enacted these policies. That's what the voters wanted, so citizens have to live with the consequences. No sympathy.

a-1620423967 May 07, 2021 02:46 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

DA Dudley has yet again mischaracterized this situation for her own political gain/reputation. This is an amendment to a program that is already in place.

The Governor will not just release 76,000 inmates. This is a credit expansion that will allow 76,000 prisoners, including some violent and repeat felons, to potentially reduce their time served by one-third instead of one-fifth under the program, which has been in place since 2017. Key word... "potentially" not definitely. They will have to meet a very strict set of criteria.

Babycakes May 07, 2021 01:26 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

They are already in the process of making it possible for these criminals to vote. Who do you think they are going to vote for? Who do you think their families are going to vote for? Who do you think their kids are going to vote for? Every day on Edhat, in our little wonderful town of Santa Barbara, there are more and more reports and articles about violent crime. I really do not want to get used to the huge increase, and it's not because there's more reporting of crime....it's because there is in fact MORE crime.

AwareHuman May 07, 2021 11:49 AM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Having been a victim myself, I can att St that Dudley's office was unhelpful and indifferent to a shocking extent. I learned first hand about ",justice" in SB.

Luvaduck May 07, 2021 11:48 AM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Most of violent crime should preclude early release for any reason. There are instances when the violence is not likely to be repeated--killing a violent wife-beater/molester in his sleep for instance, which should be treated differently from the before sentencing. The rest of violent crime people are risky to the general public if released before they're too old to be repeaters.

fitz May 07, 2021 09:50 AM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Dudley's office has its priorities screwed up. A few years ago, o ne local 80 yr old woman took down a paper garage sale sign (illegal to post such signs on utility poles). She got reported to Dudley's office by a local deputy and she had to do SAturday school and pay a $700. fine. She moved out of the community after that. She had lived here for 40 years and was a real asset to the community. (That sheriff eventually got the boot for some misdeeds). Several of us called in to the DAs office to vouch for her character. Dudley's crew could have cared less. I would never support Dudley after that.

RHS May 07, 2021 08:34 AM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Our publicity hound DA is just seeking more press by fanning fear. The release of inmates and the reduction of sentences has been amazingly salutary for society. The US had been imprisoning something like 3X the inmates per capita than did Europe, for example. Yet the crime rate in Europe was 1/3 that of the US. Long prison terms just give very high pay to correctional guards and to those who were building these destructive buildings. As a result of the reforms that our society has been developing (and which our DA knows about for sure) we are saving big money, reducing recidivism and making a more productive community.

liberty May 06, 2021 09:46 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Newsome is anti-business and anti-common sense. His policies are all about helping the criminals first and pushing other whack policies that they come up with in San Francisco. Boo.. boooooooo. Boooooo to Newsome and his SF nut job friends.

JB86 May 06, 2021 07:54 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

76,000 State Prison inmates? You don't get state prison for minor offenses, so there are certainly some very bad dudes in the huge number. I'm thinking, if you do this, you need a lot more parole officers to keep an eye on these people.

Roger May 06, 2021 05:24 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

That is what you think there are alot of homeless folks living in them hills they don't seem to cause as much trouble as the others but I do hear calls once in a while. Many are parkers crashing in their vehicles some are on foot and camp in yards..Motion lights are good secure your properties..

CoastWatch May 06, 2021 05:05 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Unfortunately, these releases won't affect the Montecito and upper class SB neighborhoods, sadly the lower income areas will be most impacted by this...

jdoggydogg May 06, 2021 04:44 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

F this overcharging College of Law hag! Maybe if her department was fair and refrained from OVERCHARGING every indictment, the 76K would be a bit less. Remember, jails are correctional facilities, right? They correct the person who did the crime. Advocate for that, clown.

a-1620346346 May 06, 2021 05:12 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

At some point in time we just need to get and keep the violent people off the streets. Releasing them will only increase the amount of violent crime.

sacjon May 06, 2021 03:23 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Non-violent drug offenders being released early? Fine, no problem. But releasing violent and repeat offenders early, no matter how "well behaved" in prison is a mistake. Putting victims through additional trauma, not to mention endangering the public is NOT cool. I'm liberal on most things, but nope.... not this. Keep the violent and repeat offenders in there as long we can.

mp805 May 06, 2021 02:53 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

Thanks Gov Newsom! Of the 76000 more than 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes will be eligible for good behavior credits that shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017. That includes nearly 20,000 inmates who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole. Dana Simas the press secretary of the CDCR says "The goal is to increase incentives for the incarcerated population to practice good behavior and follow the rules while serving their time, and participate in rehabilitative and educational programs, which will lead to safer prisons," This is crazy....Safer prisons? What about the streets?

Roger May 06, 2021 02:30 PM
DA Warns of Possible Early Release of Inmates

And anywhere from a couple hundred to a thousand will be camping in Santa Barbara County with their cooking fires every night but don't worry you can call the DA's non emergency number and get help from a qualified social worker when you need it..

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