California Supreme Court rules nonviolent sex-crime offenders are eligible for early parole consideration

The California Supreme Court has ruled that nonviolent sex-crime offenders are entitled to early parole consideration.

The include “non-forcible” sex crimes including pimping and possessing child pornography.

Per the San Francisco Chronicle “Proposition 57, sponsored by then-Gov. Jerry Brown and approved by 64% of the voters in November 2016, allowed the state Board of Parole Hearings to consider releasing prisoners after they had completed their sentences for crimes that the law classified as nonviolent.”

The report adds “previous laws had required them to spend additional years, sometimes decades, behind bars for such factors as prior convictions, gang membership and gun possession before being considered for parole.”

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said in the 7-0 ruling “inmates convicted of nonviolent felony offenses ‘shall be eligible’ for parole consideration.”

This means “they must be considered for release after the sentence for their current crime, she said, unless it was a violent offense — and even if they had been convicted of violent crimes in the past.”