Citing concerns over COVID-19 spread inside of prisons, California Democrats have enacted an early-release of more than 60,000 inmates, some of them serving sentences for violent and sexually violent offenses.
This new policy has been widely criticized by law enforcement officials from across the state, namely Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer and Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.
In response to the COVID order, Sheriff Barnes issued a public statement making the case that the early release is both dangerous and not necessary.
“We have responsibly created the capacity needed in the jail to house sex offenders and other dangerous criminals . . . I oppose efforts that excuse criminal behavior and jeopardize the safety of our community.” – OC Sheriff Don Barnes
Orange County’s District Attorney Todd Spitzer has been a vocal critic of the policy and of soft-on-crime policies in general, arguing that they risk public safety needlessly.
District Attorney Spitzer went so far as to issue a public warning about seven of the criminals released arguing that they posed an increased risk to society due to their sexually violent criminal history and their subsequent attempts to remove GPS tracking devices whilst on parole. These GPS tracking devices are used to ensure that these offenders to not re-offend and can alert authorities if the parolee goes near a school or near someone who has filed a restraining order.
“These kinds of high-risk sex offenders are the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to re-offend . . . They are doing everything they can to avoid detection by the parole officers assigned to monitor them so they can potentially commit additional sex offenses.” – District Attorney Todd Spitzer.
Within a week of Spitzer’s warning, one of the seven criminals released, Rudy William Grajeda Magdaleno, was re-arrested for allegedly exposing himself. Upon being arrested authorities have also accused him of trying to disable his GPS monitoring system in violation of his parole.
Magdaleno’s criminal history includes breaking into a home and exposing himself to an eleven-year-old female as well as forcing a mentally disabled person to orally copulate him.
For now District Attorney Spitzer and Sheriff Barnes are taking every legal channel available to stop California Democrats attempts to release anymore high-risk offenders but are largely powerless to stop the state of California from continuing these policies.
According CBS News – Los Angeles, the recently released, high-risk sex offenders that Spitzer has warned the public about truly do fit the definition of “high-risk” to the community:
- Luis Joel Ramirez, 27, whose criminal history includes sexual battery, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a peace officer, burglary and possessing a leaded cane.
- James Franklin Bowling, 50, whose criminal history includes lewd conduct in a public place, repeated convictions for failing to register as a sex offender, repeated convictions for sex offender on school grounds, possession of controlled substances and paraphernalia.
- Rudy William Grajeda Magdaleno, 39, whose criminal history includes child molestation, indecent exposure, assault, battery, criminal threats and inflicting injury on an elder adult.
- Calvin Curtis Coleman, 52, whose criminal history includes lewd conduct in a public place.
- Kyle Albert Winton, 40, whose criminal history includes annoying/molesting a child, criminal threats to cause great bodily injury or death, resisting a peace officer, DUI and hit-and-run with property damage.
- Jose Adrian Oregel, 45, whose criminal history includes unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation of a person under 18 and great bodily injury. He is also a second striker.
- Mario Ernesto Sandoval, 45, whose criminal history includes sexual battery, touching for sexual arousal, indecent exposure, assault on a peace officer and assault.
These criminals were released on order of Gov. Gavin Newsom that the California Judicial Council may release prisoners or even suspend certain laws to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.