California released thousands of criminals from prison after they served only short prison sentences. The pedophiles involved were found guilty of “a range of horrific acts, including raping kids under 14,” according to a study conducted by the British publication the Daily Mail.
More than 7,000 individuals found guilty of “lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age” were released during the same year that they were found guilty. Criminals who were convicted of more horrific crimes, including sodomy or rape of children, were also given brief sentences.
“Thousands of child victims are being denied justice, and George Gascon and his group of radical prosecutors can [sic] care less,” Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami, who serves in the Complex Child Abuse Unit, said. His outspokenness against DA Gascon contributed to a recall campaign, reported the Daily Mail.
Some of the recipients of the short sentences include the 365 pedophiles found guilty of continual sexual abuse of children; all had less than 12 months behind bars. Thirty-nine of them were convicted for sodomy committed against a child younger than 16 There were also three instances of kidnapping of children who were younger than 14 “with intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts.”
A former Los Angeles sex crimes prosecutor, Samuel Dordulian, told the outlet that the figure was “frightening for society,” saying that “statistics clearly show that pedophiles don’t get reformed. They’re going to come out, and they’re going to commit again.”
Based on information from Megan's Law database, one perpetrator of “continuous sexual abuse of a child” spent only two days in a county jail prior to being released under probation for five years. According to the Daily Mail, he lives a block away from a daycare and three blocks away from an elementary school.
Based on additional analysis of the data, among the 54,986 sex offenders in the database, the majority are pedophiles. On average, an offender who was a pedophile spent just 2 years, 10 months in prison.
Dordulian said that California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is partially responsible for this gentle sentencing and treatment as he has tried to minimize the number of prisoners in the state. “That has been the push for the last at least five years: letting people out of prison much earlier than what their sentences were for,” he told the Daily Mail. “But these types of individuals, they’re not amenable to rehabilitation, and studies have shown that.… They’re gonna harm another child.”.
In fact, Department of Justice statistics reveal that those who have been convicted of sexual assault will be four times as likely to get arrested for a sexual crime compared to other criminals. The publication notes that those in the database who have committed horrific sex crimes received “similarly short” sentences relative to those found guilty of crimes such as sexually explicit exposure.