Backlash is Growing in Fresno County against Prop 57
In late August, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims reacted to the early release of three convicted felons into Fresno County thanks to Proposition 57. She even wrote a scathing letter that she sent out to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office regarding the early releases because she fears that there’s a lack of consequences because of the proposition. Prop 57 was passed in November 2016 and it allows for the early release of certain non-violent prisoners. Sherriff Mims stated,
These three career criminals were let out extremely early, and now they’re going to be back in our neighborhoods, and I predict it won’t be long before they’re committing additional crimes.
Sheriff Mims’s letter accuses the State Parole Board of mishandling the releases of prisoners James Walden, Ralph Ramos, and Susan Lemus. She also accuses the board of altering the number of felonies committed by the prisoners released, and sugar coating their criminal histories. Sheriff Mims is concerned that Proposition 57 is eroding the public sense of crime and consequence. She stated,
Unfortunately we might have to wait until our crime rates start going up and get so bad again that people won’t put up with passing these dangerous propositions.
We will have to wait and see if the backlash continues in Fresno County and if the backlash will grow to other counties.