Calif. DA Defies Newsom: I Won’t Have Violent Criminals Let Loose in My Backyard


The Republican district attorney of Orange County, California, torpedoed Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles’ left-wing district attorney, George Gascón, saying their insistence on emptying California jails compromises public safety.

Todd Spitzer said Democrats have been trying to close down jails for years, dating all the way back to his time as a state assemblyman from 2002 to 2008.

“Governor Newsom is very proud that he’s going to close two prisons in California,” Spitzer said Monday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “We’re one of the most dangerous states in the nation and the agenda is to end mass incarceration.”

Spitzer was reacting to a plan Newsom announced over the weekend to give 76,000 inmates — of which 63,000 are violent felons — the opportunity to be released early based on a sketchy “credit system” that rewards them for “good behavior.”

He said the credit system is bogus because you get credits simply for being alive.

“This is not about good credit. This is about not being bad,” Spitzer explained. “You get these credits just if you breathe air.”

He said releasing violent, career felons is a slap in the face to the numerous victims of their crimes.

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