‘These Are Bad People’: ‘Amber Alert’ Senator Slams Calif. Inmate Release

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The author of some of California’s most significant crime laws has called the U.S. Supreme Court order to release thousands of prison inmates “outrageous”.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports Senator George Runner shares the fears of many residents after hearing of the release of thousands of inmates from state prisons.

Runner, a member of the state Board of Equalization says Californians can expect a flood of criminals on the street in the wake of the ruling.

“These are bad people,” said Runner. “These are not just little thieves these are bad people.”

The author of California’s “Amber Alert” law and the state’s version of “Jessica’s Law” says if anyone doubts the impact of the release of some 30,000 inmates onto the streets, all they need to do is the math.

“Divide it up by the number of cities and how many we’re going to release, and decide how many of them are going to be moving into your community, and that’s what it’s going to be,” said Runner.

Runner even fired a shot at Supreme Court justices, noting that they can rest at night knowing none of the prisoners will be released in their neighborhoods.


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