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