Nearly 120 Bakersfield inmates being released into the community takes a new direction

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The decision to release nearly 120 inmates in Bakersfield has taken a new direction, and they will be released into different Central Valley counties, according to the Kern County District Attorney.

DA Cynthia Zimmer announced Wednesday that the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation (CDCR) has changed their decision regarding the release of approximately 120 inmates to Bakersfield Thursday morning.

Several branches of law enforcement reached out to the CDCR through the governor’s office Tuesday night with concerns about the large number of inmates scheduled to be released.

“CDCR Undersecretary Kathleen Allison responded to the Mayor’s concerns and stated that CDCR would now redirect many of the paroled inmates to other counties,” a news release read.

The DA explains the news “comes as a relief, although provides little consolation in light of
the enormous number of inmates already being released to Kern County in the wake of Proposition 57 and recent judicial interpretations of that proposition which dramatically shorten the date of parole eligibility for many of Kern Counties’ most violent inmates.”

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