Judge won’t stop California’s new rules for good conduct releases for 76,000 inmates

Inmates in the main exercise yard at Folsom State prison in Folsom in 2017. A Sacramento judge has rejected a request to stop the state’s new credit system for good behavior in state prisons, but said the district attorneys who asked for the injunction have a “likelihood” of winning their case. Randall Benton Sacramento Bee file

A judge in Sacramento has refused to halt the state prison system’s use of new good-time credit policies designed to speed up the release of more than 76,000 inmates, ruling that 44 California district attorneys could have sued to stop the new rules before they took effect May 1.

In an order issued late Tuesday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shama Mesiwala rejected a request for a preliminary injunction that would have forced the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to return to its old good conduct credit rules.

The judge issued a tentative ruling denying the injunction last week, but wrote then that there is a “likelihood” the prosecutors ultimately will prevail in their lawsuit.

IT APPEARS THE STATE DA’S WERE NOT OVERLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE ISSUE. I GUESS THEY HAD TO TRY TO SAVE A FEW VOTES WITH THIS FEEBLE LAWSUIT THAT WAS MONTHS LATE.


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