PRESS RELEASE: June 20, 2013
Contact: Kim Raney, (626) 926-7004
“We are appalled at today’s order by the Three Judge Court for California to start releasing up to 10,000 prisoners so that the prison population is reduced to 137% of capacity by the end of the year. We find it incredible that the court is putting the concerns of convicted felons before the safety of our communities, whose members depend on us for their safety and well-being. This will have a direct, unambiguous and severe impact on public safety,” said Covina Police Chief Kim Raney, President of the California Police Chiefs Association.
“We are already facing challenges as a result of the recent realignment of prisoners to incarceration and supervision at the local level. The notion that we can find an additional 9,000 to 10,000 low level offenders to release out into our communities without impact is ludicrous. We are in full support of the governor’s plan to seek an immediate stay of this outrageous prisoner release order,” added Chief Raney.
The California Police Chiefs Association represents the state’s municipal police chiefs whose agencies protect over 78 percent of the citizens of California.
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