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Poll finds shift in Californians' attitudes toward release of prisoners [VIDEO]

July 20, 2011 |  6:26 pm

With California under court order to move more than 33,000 inmates out of its overcrowded prisons, The Times and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences surveyed voters about how best to comply.

Although Californians have traditionally backed get-tough measures, the new poll found a clear shift in attitudes.

“The pocketbook concerns are trumping the public safety concerns,” said Evan Halper, The Times’ Sacramento bureau chief.

Voters seemed particularly willing to let the very ill, elderly or infirm leave prison early and were more willing than in the past to talk about the early release of nonviolent offenders as an alternative to cutting other government services.


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