California to Release 76,000 Prisoners Early to Cut Prison Population

The massive amount of people currently in prisons across the country has caused spark much criticism towards the United States, as the US reportedly has the largest incarcerated population on Earth. However, it seems California is taking a step to decrease the number of people locked up, as the state recently announced that up to 76,000 inmates would be released early. This includes repeat felons and violent offenders as well.

Reports noted that more than 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes would be eligible for good behavior credits that could shorten their sentences by a third as opposed to a fifth of the time served. It was also noted that all minimum-security inmates who are in work camps, as well as firefighting camps, are eligible for the same month of earlier release for every month they spend in the camp. The severity of their crime won’t affect the release.

Department spokeswoman Dana Simas said, “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. Additionally, these changes would help to reduce the prison population by allowing incarcerated persons to earn their way home sooner.”

source: NBC News

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