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Newell Joins Opposition To Early Inmate Releases

Nevada County’s District Attorney is among 44 out of the 58 county D-A’s challenging more early releases of prison inmates, or 76-thousand. That includes violent and repeat felons. It’s an effort to further trim the population of what once was the nation’s largest prison system. District Attorney Cliff Newell says the releases were also approved as a way to reduce overcrowding exposure to the coronavirus. But he says there’s no longer a health emergency…

click to listen to Cliff Newell

Newell says the emergency regulations will result in the early release of some of California’s most violent criminals…

click to listen to Cliff Newell

Newell says a petition is being put together, that will likely mean a request for a formal court order to nullify the emergency regulations. Then, the State Department of Corrections would be forced to pass the regulations in the traditional manner, which includes public input. But under the plan, nearly 13-thousand of those prisoners would actually have to serve more time before being eligible for an earlier release.

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