Judge Halts California Earlier Releases For Repeat Offenders

A temporary restraining order has been granted to prevent the early release of some potentially dangerous inmates. Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett and 27 other DA’s from all over the state filed for the order against the California Department of Corrections on December 22nd. The CDC routinely allows inmates to cut their sentences in half, and those who serve in fire camps are allowed to cut their sentences by two-thirds. The problem was when the CDC attempted to expand the 66% credits to include thousands of second strikers with serious and violent criminal histories. The restraining order granted Wednesday will prevent that from happening. The action follows a fight earlier this year that would have awarded additional credits to 76,000 inmates as an emergency action. The crimes designated as non-violent would include domestic violence, rape of an unconscious person, human trafficking, and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie Bridgett offered a couple of examples of Shasta County convicts who would have been returned early. 30-year-old Nicholas Baragno stole a car with a couple of dogs inside from Food Maxx in Redding. He was chased at over 100 miles an hour in oncoming traffic lanes, nearly hitting a motorcyclist, before crashing into a tree on Inwood Road. He had a stolen gun and ammo, and had a previous conviction for battery with serious injury. his sentence was nearly 9 years. Another example is 24-year-old David Fuentes, whose domestic violence attack was witnessed by his children and captured on a doorbell camera. He had a previous felony domestic violence conviction for attacking the same woman, as well as a burglary conviction.