California judge OKs earlier releases for repeat offenders

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shama Mesiwala lifted the temporary restraining order she imposed last month.

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That order temporarily blocked California corrections officials from acting on emergency regulations allowing them to increase good conduct credits for second-strike inmates serving time for nonviolent offenses who are housed at minimum-security prisons and camps.

Their daily credits can now increase from half off their sentences to two-thirds off their sentences.

The rulingclears the way for the Department to implement regulations that incentivize incarcerated people to participate in positive rehabilitative activities and avoid negative behavior,” corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said in an email.

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Twenty-eight of California’s 58 district attorneys moved to block the rule, but Mesiwala agreed with corrections officials that the prosecutors lacked standing to challenge the regulations.

The prosecutors argued that it would apply to those convicted of, 除其他事项外, domestic violence, 人口贩运, animal cruelty and possession of weapons by inmates who have previous convictions for serious and violent felonies. California has a narrow definition of what constitutes a violent crime.

Inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, 加利福尼亚州, 八月. 16, 2016. (美联社)

Inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, 加利福尼亚州, 八月. 16, 2016. (美联社)

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