A restraining order has been slapped on California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation officials to stop them from speeding up the early release prisoners.
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today the reinstatement of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the CDCR, which prevents the department from allowing 66% of custody credits to serious and violent history second-strikers until an appeal is filed. This regulation follows the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s “emergency regulations,” which allows for additional credits to be awarded to serious and violent felons, some of which are not based upon completing rehabilitation programs. “It’s critical that decisions that reward credits to individuals with violent criminal histories be handled transparently and not behind closed doors,” said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press release. “Many individuals in state prison have earned the right to get credits, one example being those working in the fire camps. Credits are a means to reward and incentivize. People who have done nothing to rehabilitate should not automatically be rewarded credits.”
On Wednesday, the court reissued the TRO, pending the filing of an appeal by 28 elected district attorneys.