... Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Just A Guy, an inmate blogging from within walls, shares his perpsective on mass releases on the Guardian's Political Blog. Among other issues, he discusses the impact of mass releases on support services:
In prison, Support Services are programs that often employ the lower-security inmates at lower-security institutions, who support the maintenance and running of higher-security prisons where all the really "bad" guys are. Oh, Support Services also supports various elements of the California government like the California Department of Forestry, where a bunch of us hardened criminals fight California's fires. The majority of people in lower-security institutions and in fire camps run by CDF are non-violent/non-serious offenders, a good portion of whom have less than a year left on their sentences -- and therefore, will be eligible for early release according to Arnold's plan to commute the sentences of non-violent/non-serious offenders with less than a year left.
Please listen to me, people. What do you think will happen to Support Services and to the CDF if 19,000 people are released early and a large portion of those released are the ones making sure that the "real” criminals in prison have their needs met to an extent where every day isn't a blood bath? Also, I don't know the exact numbers, but let's say that 10% of those released (1,900) are part of CDF. That means that California's trained firefighters have just been decimated right before fire season. Great.
According to Wikipedia, the California Department of Forestry employs 4,300 inmates.