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Politics & Massive Prisoner Release: Full Disclosure Network® Video (8 min)


Los Angeles, CA. In an eight minute Full Disclosure Network® Internet video news blog, Steve Ipsen President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys accuses California politicians of deliberately sabotaging the California Prison system thus setting the stage for a massive prison release program now underway. This video was originally released in March 2007 long before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a massive prisoner release to relieve over crowding. Legislation is pending approval of the State Senate, the Assembly and Governor to implement approximately 27,000 prisoners. Watch video here:

Ipsen tells FDN host Leslie Dutton how criminals who are sentenced to prison have been released after serving only half, or less, of their sentences due to California politics. He says elected officials, who oppose the Three Strikes law enacted by the voters in 1994 and have for the past ten years, blocked building new prisons, causing massive overcrowding and the early releases.

According to Steve Ipsen, the political strategy was developed to undermine the Three Strikes Law started ten years ago. He says elected officials decided “We’re not going to build more prisons because we don’t like the three strikes law, we’re going to let overcrowding occur and then some poor governor down the line—who happens to be Governor Schwarzenegger—has Federal judges staring down his…saying ‘you better do something or we’re going to release ’em’. We’ve got a governor here who’s been sabotaged by a plan orchestrated ten years go. He asks ”where were the plans to build more prisons?”

Steve Ipsen, is a 22 year career gang and homicide prosecutor who is currently with the L. A. County District Attorney’s office is a frequent spokesman on behalf of the Three Strikes Law. Here are a few of his quotes from the video news blog.

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Since 1992 the Full Disclosure Network® has been produced by the twice nominated and Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and Producer T. J. Johnston. In 2002 the Full Disclosure® special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.


 California Prisons
 Prisoner Overcrowding
 Massive Prison Release
 Steve Ipsen ADDA Pres.
 Three Strikes Law

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