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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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!

Lookoutguy
Lookoutguy

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

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

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

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!!

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.

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