SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Santa Clara County supervisors have unanimously approved a plan to offset rent for newly-released three strikes inmates.
The plan calls for the county to pay as much as $1,000 a month to help pay the rent for the first year after release for inmates who were once destined for life in prison. It is aimed at helping parolees who spent more than a decade behind bars get back on their feet and avoid repeat offenses.
“If they fail again they will go back to state prison at a cost of $60,000-a-year for those of us that are taxpayers and they may end up climbing through your bedroom window, or mine, at 3am. That is not something we want to see.” said Supervisor Joe Simitian.
The passage of Proposition 36 in 2012 allowed prisoners facing life sentences for crimes deemed “strikes” by the California criminal justice system to petition a judge for a new sentence, leading to the release of about 70 Santa Clara County inmates.