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Seven ‘High Risk’ Sex Offenders Freed from Jail During Coronavirus Crisis

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California officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), have been emptying prisons, claiming that the effort is designed to prevent overcrowding to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Since April 7, Court Commissioner Joseph Dane authorized the release of seven sex offenders who are considered “high risk” criminals with histories of violating their parole orders. The sex offenders’ crimes include indecent exposure to a child, sexual battery of a child, and child molestation.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said in a news release that the county’s Board of Supervisors has reduced the region’s prison population by almost 45 percent in less than two months despite no issues with overcrowding.

“These kinds of high-risk sex offenders are the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to re-offend,” Orange County District Attorney Toff Spitzer said in a statement. “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. These are not the kind of people who should be getting a break.

“It is not the Court’s responsibility to control the jail population by releasing these dangerous criminals back into our communities,” Spitzer said. “The residents of Orange County deserve to have the peace of mind that registered sex offenders are being held accountable and not just let out the front door of jail by a court commissioner who refuses to follow the law.”

A month ago, Newsom commuted sentences for 14 convicted killers in California — helping them to be released early from prison. In one case, Newsom commuted the sentence of a 50-year-old felon convicted for stabbing his pregnant wife to death. In another case, a woman was freed early after being convicted of assaulting a child to death.

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