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Prosecutors want to halt new good-time release credits for 76,000 California inmates

One week after California prison officials increased the amount of good-conduct credits that thousands of inmates could earn toward release, 41 district attorneys throughout the state have signed onto a petition asking the state to repeal the new rules.

Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and 40 other DAs sent a letter Thursday afternoon to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Kathleen Allison objecting to the temporary emergency rules that went into effect last Friday.

The rules “have the effect of significantly shortening the length of sentence for 76,000 violent and serious offenders” and were adopted on an emergency basis despite the fact that the change was based on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget summary from May 2020, the prosecutors wrote.

“The regulations were passed under a claim of an emergency and first made public on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 3:00 p.m,” Schubert’s office said in a statement issued Thursday. “These regulations would result in the early release of some of California’s most violent criminals.”

Corrections spokeswoman Dana Simas said the department is “reviewing the petition at this time to determine next steps.”

“Proposition 57, which voters overwhelmingly approved in 2016, gave CDCR the authority to submit regulations to provide additional opportunities for incarcerated people to receive Good Conduct Credits, as allowed by statute,” she wrote in an email. “The emergency regulations are a result of that voter mandate.