Reform California slams Democrats’ plan to release more criminals from prison to balance state budget

Democrats in the California Legislature are proposing a new budget in order to balance the state deficit. They would achieve this by closing prisons and letting more criminals out on the streets.

In response, Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio offers the following statement opposing the proposal.

“At a time when crime is spiking in California, it is absolutely reckless for state politicians to propose giving early release to dangerous criminals to offset their wasteful spending in other areas of the state budget,” he said. “Unfortunately, it is clear that this proposal is not about balancing the budget – California Democrats are simply using the budget shortfall as an excuse to achieve their reckless goal of expanding early release of dangerous criminals onto our streets. Cutting $1 billion from state prisons – and permanently shutting a significant portion of our state prison system – will lead to more victims of crime in our state. That’s why this budget proposal should be rejected in the name of public safety.”

About the proposal
With a June 15 deadline looming to finalize the budget, California Democratic legislative leaders want to slash a whopping $1 billion from the budget for state prisons to help balance their budget.

Governor Gavin Newsom has already announced plans to shut four of the state’s 32 prisons.

Since he took office, the Newsom Administration has granted early release to more than 90,000 criminals in state prisons.

Newsom’s early releases of criminals have already resulted in California’s prison population declining from roughly 120,000 when he took office to 93,000 today – a net reduction of 27,000 criminals being released.

In a contrast to national crime statistics showing level or declining crime rates in other states, crime in California is up significantly. According to the California Attorney General’s office, the violent crime rate per 100,000 population increased 6.1 percent in 2022 (from 466.2 in 2021 to 494.6 in 2022), and the property crime rate increased 6.2 percent in 2022 (from 2,178.4 in 2021 to 2,313.6 in 2022)

About Carl DeMaio and Reform California
Carl DeMaio is chairman of Reform California – the largest conservative statewide political movement in California. DeMaio is also running for the California State Assembly – District 75. DeMaio is a small business owner, is a long-time radio and podcast host, and frequent guest commentator on cable news. The 75th District includes the communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Valley Center, Ramona, Poway, Scripps Ranch, Santee, Lakeside, Alpine, Julian, Borrego Springs, Pala, Jamul, Pine Valley, Pauma Valley, and Bonita.

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