CA Governor Commutes Sentences For 20 Murderers Serving Life Without Parole

Nearly two dozen murderers sentenced to life without parole will have the opportunity to be released onto the streets.

Los Angeles, CA California Governor Jerry Brown recently commuted the sentences of 20 murderers who were supposed to remain in prison for life.

Browns move gave nearly two dozen convicted killers the opportunity to be considered for parole, The Washington Post reported.

He had already commuted the life sentences of another 62 criminals since 2011, and still has four months left in office.

In addition to the staggering number of commutations, Brown has also doled out over 1,100 pardons to criminals convicted of forgery, drunk driving, and drug sales offenses.

By comparison, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger granted just 15 pardons during his time in office, while former Governor Gray Davis issued none.

2018 is the worst Ive ever seen it, Crime Survivors Resource Center founder Patricia Wenskunas, told The Washington Post. The sad reality is, California is not a victim-friendly state. Its an offender-friendly state.

In August, Brown pardoned three former prisoners who were facing deportation to Cambodia, including one man convicted of murder.

In addition to the commutations and pardons, Brown also has the final word on parole board decisions, and has approved parole for over 2,300 murderers who were serving life sentences during his time in office, The Washington Post reported.

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, a research analyst for the criminal justice advocacy group, the Sentencing Project, hailed Browns sweeping pardons and commutations.

It really stands out [in a good way,] she told The Washington Post. As a country, we need to move away from life without parole as a sentence altogether.

Despite the criminal justice and judiciary layers that resulted in the life sentences being imposed, Brown took it upon himself to singlehandedly alter their intended course.

There has been an overshoot in the time many people expect [criminals] to be locked up in a cage or cell, he said, according to The Washington Post. I think theres wisdom in having the possibility of hope [of being released].

Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys President Michele Hanisee strongly disagreed, and argued that Browns latest commutations were motivated by [his] personal philosophy of deincarceration.

It is another action by Gov. Brown in a long line of policy that makes California less safe, Orange County Assemblyman Matthew Harper said.

Victims rights advocates also blasted the governors leniency, calling the commutations an injustice.

Governor Brown, can you commute my daughter and bring her back? said Jennifer Lundy, whose three-year-old child was murdered by a man living with her family in 1993. What have you done to restore my life?

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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, a research analyst for the criminal justice advocacy group, the Sentencing Project, hailed Browns sweeping pardons and commutations.It really stands out [in a good way,] she told The Washington Post. As a country, we need to move away from life without parole as a sentence altogether.......................................that is, unless they come onto my property ,then I want them given the death penalty for stepping onto my imported lawn. Gov. Brown ..Gov Brown...please do something to keep these people off my imported lawn.

"The sad reality is, California is not a victim-friendly state. Its an offender-friendly state. .....California is one of the sickest states and Jerry Brown is one of their sickest politicians.

Hi_estCommDenomn
Hi_estCommDenomn

Good job, hope Jerry Brown is one of their next victims. 20 Murderers, I'm SURE none will re-offend. I'm SURE the prison system has proven them completely rehabilitated and provided them with all the tools needed to function in society.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Omg those poor families!! Open season and a eye for a eye.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Commifornia needs a real life Punisher.

Nolesrus1
Nolesrus1

Our family has lost a loved one at the hands of another person. I cant imagine the pain the Governor has inflicted on the surviving family members of the murder victims. Knowing the murderer is behind bars, unable to hurt anyone else is the only solace they have. Thanks to the Governor he has made the entire state more dangerous and taken away any feeling of closure these families had. Now they must relive the crimes over and over at parole hearings. But if he has the final word on those those families are screwed. I wish all California residents luck against the criminals that live and will be living among them

KMdale
KMdale

What does one do after early release from Life without Parole? I can see the craigslist ad... "Former convict seeks lavish government-sponsored housing and employment at the Governor's mansion. Would also consider a position at Disneyland or any elementary school."

satmantoo
satmantoo

Jerry Brown was a nut job in the 70s when he was Governor but people forget that or werent born yet which means they dont study their history!

JBo
JBo

It's unfortunate that California keeps re-electing this guy but this is the kind of government that California wants. Their politicians don't care how many innocent people will be victimized, hurt or killed so long as they get that vote. Here's a thought: release all inmates and let's build a wall around California.

bob95648
bob95648

All due respect to the other commenters, but unless you live in California, you don't know what you're talking about. 75% of California Counties are red conservative. If we had an electoral college here, no Democrat would ever see the Governor's Office. Brown won because the guy ruining against him was an unknown with zero political experience. He also ran a half-assed campaign and he still came within 2% of beating Brown. California doesn't want Brown. We hate his policies as bad as everyone else.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This appears to defeat the whole purpose of the justice system. California is becoming an extremely dangerous state to live in. Scary!😓

checksix
checksix

That's the tough on crime, anti-gun Governor.

Skidoo
Skidoo

California is a very dangerous place for the average citizen. Many long time residents are leaving in large numbers and Gerry Brown is just one of the reasons. Sacramento doesn't want peace and security for it's citizens; just uncontested power for itself.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

California is a dangerous place for sure. Some of the things that bother me is it is totally run by democrats, even when the majority vote for or against a something, the democrates change the law . This is the first election, that has republicans on the ballot, in the last 3 or 4 elections I want to move, but I can't afford to. I wonder if I started a GoFundMe, would help seniors like me

FSchloss
FSchloss

Funny how virtually every elected official is a dim-ocrat. Makes me wonder just how truthful you are. The best thing anyone can do is to get out of that over-taxed poorly run place, let Californians go down the tubes as quickly as possible, and then pay Mexico to take it back, remaining occupants and all. It's very difficult to have any sympathy for that state or the people who live there.

Cookie9301
Cookie9301

Good hope when they get out they go after the gov and his pocket people. But more than likely they will kill someone innocent. These officials are assholes

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Too bad Comiefornia is not part of the United States, maybe we could help.

Ocean1
Ocean1

There should be some extreme legal recourse against Brown when one of these degenerates he's releasing kills somebody else. And you know at least some of them will kill again.

61mouse
61mouse

When will California going to drop into the ocean and float over to Russia

magnumforc
magnumforc

Brown is a Democrat who panders to the illegals and cares less about the real citizens if CA as long as they work their butts off and pay taxes that support his asinine political and personal agenda. Increase the gas taxes and vehicle fees on residents while all the crap vehicles from Mexico pollute the air and damage the roads with fallen off parts, but they pay zero as they get gas in Mexico. State is a dump with illegals all over, half the population seems not to speak English and Americans can't get a job without being bilingual to cater to those who won't learn OUR language. If I wasn't so old I would be outta here in a minute.

twotwo
twotwo

Well thank you SO much Gov Brown. I live in Southern Oregon and we can now expect our crime rate to excel greatly. You're just SO considerate of others.... NOT!!!!!

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

Governor Moonbeam saving potential Progressive Voters. That's all he is doing. Doesn't care what happens to anyone else.

cspcapt
cspcapt

I hope they pay him a visit and stay awhile he is an idiot

cspcapt
cspcapt

not sure you is dumber, Brown or the citizen who voted him in

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

These murderers, having a taste of the power of control, won't be able to stop murdering. Too bad we can't build an actual border around California to keep them all in there and to let fleeing US citizens into the rest of the US.

Fire_and_Steel
Fire_and_Steel

"California is just like a bowl of granola--what ain't fruits and nuts, is flakes."--Gallagher Jerry Brown is the King Flake.

angeleyes
angeleyes

can't help myself...lmao... and so angry. so glad i left cali 4 months ago. love the state, hate the dumbass politicians and how they run the state. I hope he's there to greet them as they leave the prison with their minds already set on what crime to commit next. let him have them over for dinner, stay the night, marry his daughter/son. dumbass. he doesn't have to worry about any of that, he's untouchable by them now, but the citizens aren't. smh

angeleyes
angeleyes

i think we should go to 49 or 48 states, take cali and ny out, no money, no help, let them be sanctuary cities, run their corrupt government as they have but without the US helping them.

Mkstoy
Mkstoy

This is one sick puppy he is a anti American for sure

ReaganQuest
ReaganQuest

Maybe he and Hillary need more mercenaries.

bronx163
bronx163

Just cut calf from the union. Its a state in rebellion. They dont follow any law an order.

Whutsup
Whutsup

Totally unjust...they were convicted and sentenced by the court...he should not have that authority....his only power should be to stop a execution or grant a appeal when there is serious doubt in the evidence...not some mimsicle ideology or agenda in his whaining hours...

cspcapt
cspcapt

let's call it like it is, Brown is a Communist

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I believe our governors and presidents should have the right to commute/pardon offenders. Sometimes people are convicted unjustly or their punishment far exceeds the scope of their crime, but this man is a joke! Fine, if he wants to commute/pardon these violent offenders then he should be held culpable for anything they do after release. Period!

Katarina
Katarina

@Szrudy3 Do a little research. With the tax and cost of living in Cali, you could be living like a king in another state.

Swbjky
Swbjky

Jerry "moonbeam" Brown must believe he is a reincarnation of Jesus. Because only Christ can determine the fates of 2400 Prisoners who have been convicted of MURDER?? The depraved, despicable California legislature should have Impeached him for mental incompetence!!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Hey, Californians. Happy with your choice now? This is what Socialism looks like,,hope you remember this in Nov.

Lookoutguy
Lookoutguy

"I love Jerry Brown, please don't kill me" tee shirts available soon.

Mwarren
Mwarren

How about the newly released murderer moves in with Jerry Brown and his family for six months or so? I don't think we'd have to worry about Geriatric Jerry pardoning any more murderers! Let's give this insipid moron a taste of his own medicine!