Budget Cuts & Pro-Criminal Activist Groups May Lead To Prison Closures In California

California Governor Gavin Newsome is on the brink of forever changing the social structure to a much more progressive liberal state. Governor Newsome is already saying he will cut police budgets, now prisons are on the chopping block.

Gov. Newsome has two prisons scheduled for shutdowns. Now, pro-criminal organizations are pressuring for even more in light of the state suffering a serious budget crisis.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing that the state close two prisons, in part due to a decline in tax revenue amid the pandemic.

when California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined plans this week to slash the state’s budget, citing a freefall in tax revenue due to the pandemic, there was qualified praise from some over his decision to cut funding for prisons.

Amber-Rose Howard, executive director of Californians United for a Responsible Budget, “is excited to see the commitment from the governor to close prisons.” But her organization, a coalition of 70 activist groups that advocate cutting prison spending, says the governor’s proposal is just a start.

“We believe that California can close five prisons in the next five years,” Howard told Business Insider. In part, that can be achieved by accelerating early release, as California has started to do in response to the coronavirus. “Over 20% of the prison population is over the age of 55,” she noted. “We need to see the state pushing for elder parole modifications that would release a larger population of people, who statistically have the least risk of contact with law enforcement after release.”

Source: Business InsiderĀ 

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