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I was not asked whether I wanted to have my voice heard. I absolutely want to be heard on this important issue. there’s no question the victim’s family in this case, as well as all families that have experienced victimization, are due our utmost respect and compassion, and we will continue to do all we can to provide trauma-informed services to victims and their families.
One of these underlying principles is to constantly refine what we are doing so that we can continue to enhance public safety in a thoughtful manner, we are now more than one year into his term, he has listened to community members, victims and colleagues. Based on everything we have learned we are rolling out these policy adjustments.
There are a series of California Supreme Court decisions that will be decided in the coming months and we anticipate numerous cases returning to our jurisdiction as a result, we want to be aware of these cases as they return so that we can add another layer of review to evaluate each case individually.
Oftentimes, many people who were incorrectly assumed to have been released for whatever reason were actually released because they bailed out of custody based on money bail, and we have seen that in some of the follow-home robberies…defendants bailed out on exorbitant amounts of bail and hundreds of thousands of dollars [beforehand].
If someone is the same person that committed an atrocious crime, that person will correctly not be found suitable for release. However, if someone is no longer a threat to public safety after having served more than 50 years in prison, then Parole Board may recommend release based on an objective determination, our office policies take these principles into account and as such, our prosecutors stay out of the parole board hearing process.
In any case where any individual committed a crime as a 17-year-old, the Parole Board will take into consideration the fact that a teenager’s behavioral and cognitive abilities were not fully developed when he committed the crime, after more than three decades in prison, it is likely that the Parole Board has determined that this individual is not the same person as when he was 17.
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