The Supreme Court of California has declared that nonviolent sex offenders may be eligible for early parole under Proposition 57, a ballot initiative that was overwhelmingly approved by the people of California four years ago. While the ruling doesn’t include violent sex offenses, it does include crimes like incest, indecent exposure, pimping, and possessing child pornography.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye spoke for the court about the unanimous ruling,

“The initiative’s language provides no indication that the voters intended to allow the (Corrections) Department to create a wholesale exclusion from parole consideration based on an inmate’s sex offense convictions when the inmate was convicted of a nonviolent felony.”

The proposition, which was supported by then-Governor Jerry Brown, had not been applied to sex offenders until now because it was prohibited by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Apparently, there was no basis in the law for that, it was just politically unpopular to release people involved in kiddie porn, so that’s what they did. Estimates vary widely, but this ruling means that somewhere between 4,400 and 20,000 sex offenders in California could now be eligible for parole because of the ruling.

This whole mess fits right in with the strong, pro-criminal push we’ve been seeing from liberals across the country, but particularly out West. Rioters and looters have been allowed to run wild, California essentially just allows people to shoplift at will, and District Attorneys release criminals don’t order criminals to make bail if they release them at all. Meanwhile, liberals demand that we “defund the police” and then scratch their heads when the murder rate skyrockets. Yes, what’s going on is a real mystery….to liberals.

 

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