Well that was quick.
On Tuesday, Californians passed Proposition 47 — AKA the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act — which reclassifies drug and theft crimes that involve less than $950 from felonies to misdemeanors.
Less than three days later, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning that it has already freed eight qualifying inmates. There’s certainly more to come.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility has begun releasing inmates as a result of the passage of Proposition 47 by voters. Since the passage of Proposition 47 on November 5th, the Sheriff’s Office has released eight inmates due to re-sentencing by Humboldt County Superior Court. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office anticipates additional releases due certain convictions being reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, as inmates begin petitioning the courts to have their conviction and sentencing reduced.
Now, in the event you, LoCO reader, have some vested interest in who is released from jail locally, remember you can always check the county’s release logs.