Get Out of Jail ... and Get Free Health Care

Eileen McDevitt and Larrey Anderson
A federal panel of three judges has ordered the State of California to release up to a third of the state’s prisoners. The prisoners have sued the state claiming that overcrowding in the prisons was preventing the inmates from receiving proper medical care.

The Los Angeles Times explained the situation thus:
If the state is ordered to reduce the prison population, it would likely be able to do so over two or three years, so it would not have to release large numbers of inmates at once. Some methods of cutting the population include limiting new admissions, changing policies so parole violators return to prison less frequently, and giving prisoners more time off of their sentences for good behavior and rehabilitation efforts.
The judges said these types of measures could save the state more than $900 million a year in prison costs, money that could be used by cities and counties to put those who otherwise would have gone to prison into local jails or treatment programs.
Did you catch that last paragraph? This is the logic of liberal jurisprudence and its notion of “evolving” constitutional rights. The judges ordered the release of criminals because the criminals were not getting proper medical care.  By turning the criminals loose, the state will not have to pay for the criminals’ incarceration. The money saved by setting the robbers, drug dealers, sex offenders, etc., free can then be used to pay for the medical treatment of these criminals outside of prison.

The three judges wrote:
There is . . . uncontroverted evidence that, because of overcrowding, there are not enough clinical facilities or resources to accommodate inmates with medical or mental health needs at the level of care they require.
Logically, and literally, the court has ordered the state to reward criminals for their crimes by releasing them from prison and giving the criminals free health benefits upon their release. Let me repeat. In California a person may now commit a crime, be released early for the offense, and get free medical treatment once outside of prison.

Months ago I predicted on the pages of American Thinker that as the far left captures more and more of the federal judiciary: "Our 'living constitution' could become our living nightmare." Wake up America. So long California.


A federal panel of three judges has ordered the State of California to release up to a third of the state’s prisoners. The prisoners have sued the state claiming that overcrowding in the prisons was preventing the inmates from receiving proper medical care.

The Los Angeles Times explained the situation thus:
If the state is ordered to reduce the prison population, it would likely be able to do so over two or three years, so it would not have to release large numbers of inmates at once. Some methods of cutting the population include limiting new admissions, changing policies so parole violators return to prison less frequently, and giving prisoners more time off of their sentences for good behavior and rehabilitation efforts.
The judges said these types of measures could save the state more than $900 million a year in prison costs, money that could be used by cities and counties to put those who otherwise would have gone to prison into local jails or treatment programs.
Did you catch that last paragraph? This is the logic of liberal jurisprudence and its notion of “evolving” constitutional rights. The judges ordered the release of criminals because the criminals were not getting proper medical care.  By turning the criminals loose, the state will not have to pay for the criminals’ incarceration. The money saved by setting the robbers, drug dealers, sex offenders, etc., free can then be used to pay for the medical treatment of these criminals outside of prison.

The three judges wrote:
There is . . . uncontroverted evidence that, because of overcrowding, there are not enough clinical facilities or resources to accommodate inmates with medical or mental health needs at the level of care they require.
Logically, and literally, the court has ordered the state to reward criminals for their crimes by releasing them from prison and giving the criminals free health benefits upon their release. Let me repeat. In California a person may now commit a crime, be released early for the offense, and get free medical treatment once outside of prison.

Months ago I predicted on the pages of American Thinker that as the far left captures more and more of the federal judiciary: "Our 'living constitution' could become our living nightmare." Wake up America. So long California.