Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How Sacramento plans to have you raped or murdered

A federal judge ordered changes to California's state prison system (reducing the overcrowding) or release prisoners. The state's budget is leaking red ink. One proposed reduction in cost is to release some "non-violent" inmates.

The problem is, some of these people being released aren't non-violent offenders:

One of the inmates the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department released early as part of an effort to reduce the state's prison population was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted rape, less than 24 hours after getting out of jail, The Bee has learned.

Kevin Eugene Peterson got out of jail Monday night after serving about two months on a four-month sentence for violating probation on a prior felony conviction. Peterson was arrested 12 hours later, around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, on suspicion of an attempted rape involving a female counselor at the 1300 block of North C Street, a Sacramento Police Department spokesman said. He was booked into the Sacramento County jail at 3:21 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of attempted rape, sexual battery, false imprisonment and violating the terms of his probation.

Oops. So how did this guy get out? His most recent crime was non-violent:

Sheriff John McGinness on Tuesday said only nonviolent inmates jailed on misdemeanors would be eligible for early release. Peterson was convicted for felony assault with a deadly weapon in 2008 - a violent crime. His most recent stint in jail, however, was for a probation violation.

"The probation violation was nonviolent," McGinness said.

When lawmakers say they'll only be releasing non-violent offenders, they don't mean offenders with no violent crimes on their rap sheet.

In fact, did you know that Phil Garrido, the man you kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard and held her captive for 18 years had been released early after a rape conviction?
Garrido served 10 years in the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, before being granted parole. He then served seven months for the rape conviction in a Nevada prison before being granted an early release in August 1988. Less than three years later, he allegedly kidnapped Dugard.
Keep that in mind when politicians assure you that no violent offenders will be released early.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Sheriff McGinness has what amounts to a "No issue" policy for CCW permits. Heaven forbid lawful citizens be able to defend themselves from the criminals released by a Federal judge. One thing is for sure: both Sheriff McGinness and the judge in question live in very safe neighborhoods and don't worry about the effects their decision will have on the average citizen.