We’ve written about newly minted Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon here previously. He’s the guy who ran for office on a platform of letting more criminals out of jail than putting the guilty behind bars. Upon taking office, he immediately issued an order saying that his office would refuse to prosecute a wide range of crimes, spreading alarm throughout the city. Then, as John previously reported, he followed that up by dropping the special circumstances against a criminal who executed a police officer by shooting him in the back of the head. (Wouldn’t want the poor soul doing any extra time in jail, now would we?)
Now Gascon appears to have a new ally in the California legal system and he is upping the ante even further. Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson issued an order to empty all of the jail cells by half, using the pandemic as an excuse like so many other liberals. This sort of “empty the jails” mentality is becoming a common feature in too many of our increasingly dysfunctional cities. (CBS Los Angeles)
A judge has ordered the Orange County jail population to be cut in half so that inmates can properly social distance and abide by coronavirus safety protocols.
On Friday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson ruled 1,858 inmates must be released from the Orange County jail to reduce the population by 50%. The jail currently houses 3,716 inmates.
But law enforcement said the decision is putting the safety of the public at risk.
“These aren’t low-lying offenders,” said Sheriff Don Barnes of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “These are people in for very serious offenses, like murder, attempted murder, and domestic violence.”