The Daily Outrage: Violent criminals being freed early from California jails, prisons 

WHAT: Despite California lawmakers’ promises, prisoners convicted of violent crimes are among those freed early from state prisons and county jails to save money. An Associated Press investigation found some of the more than 1,800 freed criminals were convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, battery, domestic violence and attacks on children and the elderly.

HOW: California’s early release program specifically forbids authorities from freeing prisoners convicted of about 150 crimes, such as rape and murder. Officials promoted the measure as a reform that would protect public safety while saving as much as $1 billion. But any offense not specifically listed qualifies for release, and individual counties can then decide who gets out.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Hundreds of local inmates started getting early releases in January and drew swift backlash after one freed prisoner was arrested within a day on suspicion of attempting to rape a female counselor. Some 6,500 state prisoners are to begin early releases later this year.

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