Early Prison Releases

The District Attorney’s Office wants to inform the public about convicted, violent criminals who have been released early from prison by the State of California. In 2015, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began reviewing inmates for early parole consideration in an attempt to reduce California’s prison population. Many inmates, with violent histories, in prison as second-strikers are now eligible to be released on parole after they have served only 50 percent of their sentence or are within 12 months of having served 50 percent of their sentence. If the Board of Prison Hearings determines a second-strike inmate would not pose an unreasonable risk to public safety based on certain criteria (criminal history, prison behavior, rehabilitation efforts, and written statements), he/she is released.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office opposes the early release of these “second-strike” inmates because they have not served their full sentence and their release jeopardizes public safety. Our letters (see links below) to the Board of Prison Hearings in opposition to release provide an overview of the commitment offense and the inmate’s criminal history, demonstrating that an inmate’s early release poses an unreasonable risk to the public. Many of these inmates who have been released early have violent and lengthy criminal histories.

Examples of Ventura County criminals who have been released from prison early by the State of California include: