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California court rejects early releases for violent crime

Prison, Jail (FILE)
Posted at 2:26 PM, Jan 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-03 17:26:30-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court has ruled that corrections officials need not consider earlier release for violent felons.

The ruling Monday stems from inmates’ latest attempt to expand the application of a 2016 ballot initiative.

Proposition 57 allows most inmates to seek earlier paroles as a way to encourage rehabilitation and reduce mass incarceration.

The high court ruled that the parole opportunity does not apply to prisoners serving sentences for a combination of violent and nonviolent felonies.

That applies even to those whose primary offense is considered nonviolent under state law.