Senate Republican Leader Bates’ Effort to Prevent Early Release of Serious Felons and Sex Offenders Blocked by Senate Public Safety Committee
SACRAMENTO – Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee today voted down Senate Bill 976 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have prohibited the early release of many dangerous offenders into local communities. Senator Bates authored a similar bill, SB 75 last year, which was also rejected by the Senate Public Safety Committee on a partisan vote.
“The committee’s decision to not stop the potential early release of serious felons and sex offenders is disappointing, disturbing and dangerous,” said Senator Bates. “People who rape unconscious victims or assault peace officers with deadly weapons do not deserve early release because of the physical and emotional harm they have caused, and the threat they still pose to communities. Victims deserve better.” Continue reading