Sen. Morrell speaks out on potential release of dangerous felons, urges public’s comments

By on August 19, 2017

Senator Mike Morrell (R-23rd District-Rancho Cucamonga) has submitted a letter to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) expressing his concern over the potential release of dangerous felons as is being included in the language of the proposed Proposition 57 regulations. Sen. Morrell contends that the proposition could lead to the early release of dangerous “nonviolent” inmates and diminish victim rights.

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 57, which increased the number of inmates eligible for parole consideration. While felons who commit these crimes will not necessarily be released early into communities when considered for parole, Sen. Morrell said that the possibility they are eligible and could be released through a mere “paper” review process should be worrisome.

“For years, Democrats in Sacramento have led California in a dangerous direction when it comes to the criminal justice system and the safety of our citizens. Unfortunately, in light of the passage of Proposition 57, the state is on the verge of taking yet another detrimental step that could result in more dangerous criminals back on our streets,” said Sen. Morrell. “We must continue working to keep our communities safe and that is why I am reaching out for the public’s help in this effort. I have submitted my own concerns to CDCR and urge Californians to also join me in making their voices heard on this important issue.”

Sen. Morrell says the passage of Proposition 57 led voters to believe that only those criminals who had committed minor “nonviolent” crimes would become eligible for parole. He states that the crimes billed as “nonviolent” under state law could place our neighbors and families in harm’s way, such as:

  • Human trafficking of a minor for labor
  • Battery with serious bodily harm
  • Assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer
  • Solicitation to commit murder
  • First degree burglary
  • Arson causing physical harm
  • Exploding a bomb with intent to harm

The CDCR has opened a public comment period on Proposition 57 that will conclude with a public hearing in Sacramento on September 1, 2017. Sen. Morrell is asking that voters avail themselves of the opportunity to comment on the proposed Proposition 57 legislation; it is an opportunity for Californians to influence the final regulations for implementing Proposition 57 and to ensure that criminals continue to serve their sentences and are not released back into our neighborhoods.

Comments can be submitted in one of the following ways:

E-mail: www.CDCR-Prop57-Comments@cdcr.ca.gov

Regular Mail: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Attention: Regulation and Policy Management Branch

P.O. Box 942883,

Sacramento, CA  94283-0001

Fax: (916) 324-6075, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Attention: Regulation and Policy Management Branch