Even if we accept, for now, the dubious premise that convicts can be neatly classified as violent or nonviolent based on offense of commitment, the promise that only "nonviolent" criminals would be released was a lie.
Inmates convicted of violent crimes are among those being freed early from California jails to save money, despite lawmakers' promises that they would exclude most dangerous prisoners and sex offenders.
An Associated Press review of inmate data shows that some of the freed criminals were convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, battery, domestic violence, and attacks on children and the elderly.
No Surprise, Violent Criminals Among Those Released Early
Don Thompson reports for AP: