|The Senator Reports
||August 13th, 2009|
Federal Judge’s Say: “Release the Prisoners”
By Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad)
Last week, a federal court order demanded that California reduce its prison population by 40,591 inmates to ease overcrowding in our prisons. Immediately following this short sided decision, the Governor and other elected officials announced they were appealing this reckless maneuver.
I applaud the Governor and other leaders’ reaction and believe that releasing tens of thousands of prisoners into our communities is a serious threat to California families and further proof that California needs to exercise serious budget reform. Simply releasing this huge number of prisoners will not solve California’s major overlying problems—it only pushes the problem down the road and even worse, endangers the lives of the law abiding families.
When the Legislature returns to Sacramento, I hope we make keeping these dangerous criminals behind bars a top priority. Jeopardizing the lives of law abiding Californians should never be an option for balancing the state budget. What we need instead is major reform and oversight.
Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes cities in north San Diego County and the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Senator Mark Wyland
1910 Palomar Point Way, Suite 105
Carlsbad, California 92008