Yesterday, by majority vote, the State Senate passed a measure that will release thousands of convicted felons from prison and back into California communities. The State Assembly was scheduled to vote on the measure in the evening. We never did. But some form of this bill will come before us for a vote in the near future.
As the State Assembly debates how to make $1.2 billion in cuts to the Department of Corrections, California stands at a crossroads.
All parties agree that one of government’s core functions is public safety. There is also no doubt that our corrections system needs to be reformed. Where we differ is on the question of whether or not California’s budget problems are reason enough to abdicate our responsibility to keep California communities safe.