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July 2016
 
Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig
From the Desk of the DA
Non-Violent Second Strikers
Released Early

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has launched a new website link designed to inform the public about convicted criminals who have been granted early release from prison by the State of California. Since January 1, 2015, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has granted early parole to 29 convicted felons from Yolo County who were serving state prison sentences for their crimes.

Beginning in 2015, in an effort to reduce prison overcrowding, a number of measures were put into place by the State of California which have resulted in early prison releases, including early parole consideration for individuals characterized as "non-violent second-strikers." To qualify, inmates must not currently be serving a sentence for a crime which is legally categorized as a “violent felony” and must not be required to register as sex offenders.

Once a "non-violent second-striker" has served only 50 percent of their sentence, or if they are within 12 months of having served 50 percent of their actual sentence, they will be eligible for parole consideration under this new process. Inmate names are provided to the Board of Prison Hearings and an administrative review is scheduled to determine if the inmate should be released or kept in prison to serve the sentence prescribed by law, and often agreed upon in a plea agreement. If the Board determines that the inmate would not pose an unreasonable risk to public safety based on criteria included in their criminal history, prison behavior, rehabilitation efforts, and written statements, they are released.

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office takes an active role in evaluating these cases and writes letters to the Board of Prison Hearings with an overview of the inmate's criminal history, an opinion concerning the public safety risk posed by the inmate, and the appropriateness, or lack thereof, regarding an inmate's early release.

Many of these offenders have violent and lengthy criminal histories. According to Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig: "Most citizens have no idea that serious criminals are being released from prison early under these new state programs. Many of these individuals have very violent criminal histories and continue to pose a danger to our communities. Our new website link is designed to inform the public and improve the transparency of the state’s early release decisions.”

To view our website and the opposition letters that we have submitted in our attempts to prevent early releases of convicted prisoners, go to: http://yoloda.org/early-prison-releases

*** Fraud Alert ***
Be careful when shopping on line for a vehicle.  If an offer seems to good to be true, it probably is!
Online Car Purchase Scam

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig urges citizens to beware of con artists that hide behind the anonymity of the computer screen in an effort to scam money out of would-be car buyers.  Recently a local citizen, who restores classic cars, reported an incident where he was about to be conned out of $5,000 for a car he considered purchasing on line.

To watch the CBS 13 news story, click on the following link:

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/07/26/father-daughter-duo-who-restore-cars-targeted-by-scammers/


To read the DA's entire press release, click on the following link:

http://yoloda.org/fraud-alert-vehicle-purchase-scams/

For more information on the steps to take when purchasing a vehicle, visit https://www.dmv.ca.gov. Please contact the Yolo County District Attorney for more information on scams or to report suspected scams please call 855-4-YOLO-DA or visit www.yoloda.org.

A Victim's Voice
 

July 19, 2016

Your Honor:

I would like to first thank you for allowing victims like myself to have a voice by presiding over this case not once, but twice. It is unfortunate that we’ve all had to meet under these circumstances; nonetheless, I am grateful for your time.

Today is a day when we are reminded of our humanity.

Our actions are what define us when nobody is watching.  On July 9th, 2012, Lang Her took advantage of an intoxicated and unconscious woman.  People have asked that woman why she did what she did. And I will answer for her:

To read the entire victim impact statement, click on the following link:

http://yoloda.org/victim-impact-statement/

New Chief Investigator
 
The Yolo County District Attorney's Office swore in their new Chief Investigator, John Ehrk, in front of a large crowd that gathered on the lawn of the old courthouse during a ceremony that was held on Friday, July 22, 2016.  John Ehrk has been a peace officer for more than 20 years.

Prior to his role as a lieutenant at the District Attorney's Office, which began in 2013, Ehrk was employed as a deputy sheriff for Butte County and a police officer for the Yuba City Police Department.  During his tenure at YCPD, he worked in patrol, detectives and as a member of the SWAT team.  
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