Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Wait Listed By Jail-14
"In the rush to save money in grim budgetary times, states nationwide have trimmed their prison populations by expanding parole programs and early releases. But the result--more convicted felons on the streets, not behind bars--has unleashed a backlash, and state officials now find themselves trying to maneuver between saving money and maintaining the public's sense of safety. ... In Illinois, Gov. Patrick J. Quinn, a Democrat, described as a 'big mistake' an early release program that sent some convicts who had committed violent crimes home from prison in a matter of weeks. Of more than 1,700 prisoners released over three months, more than 50 were soon accused of new violations. ... A victims' rights group in California sued last month to block a state law that expands the credits prisoners can receive to shorten their sentences, and prosecutors in Michigan are challenging release decisions there", Monica Davey at the NYT, 5 March 2010, link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/05/us/05parole.html.
Tough luck California and Michigan. There's no more money. Period.