Public safety officials challenge prisoner release

Local law enforcement officials are urging residents to oppose a set of new regulations that could release about 1,200 prison inmates back into Ventura County communities within the next 18 months.

To reduce costs and crowding in state prisons, California legislators have decided to offer early release credits for inmates who complete educational and vocational programs, and to discontinue monitoring nonviolent offenders.

The new regulations went into effect Jan. 25.

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