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California Republicans urge early release regulations be halted, encourage public comment

In a joint letter, members of the Senate and Assembly Republican Caucuses in California urged the withdrawal of pending regulations which would make the expansion of early release credits permanent for felons in the state.

“In California, you can do the crime and skip the time. Criminals see little to no consequences for crime, and that needs to change,” said Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita). “If we are to restore order and safety to our communities, a good place to start is ensuring early release credits are not given to violent and dangerous felons for simply breathing.”

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday, April 14, at 10:00AM, to discuss a proposal to expand the state’s early release of criminals.

Californians can call in during the CDCR hearing and share concerns during the public comment period, which begins at 10:00AM. Californians wishing to comment on the proposal should call 1-877-411-9748 and enter participant code 6032676.

The Republicans echoed their commitment to public safety in the letter, saying, “Californians should have the right to live in safe communities free from the fear of crime and violence. Accelerating the early release of inmates jeopardizes public safety and will make our state less safe.”

This article was released by the California Senate Republican Caucus.