Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is not enforcing Governor Gavin Newsom’s lockdown orders because, according to her, she’s too busy re-arresting the criminals the governor ordered to be released.
And, she’s not the only sheriff who has their “hands full trying to re-arrest” the potentially dangerous individuals, the Daily Wire reports.
“I’ve heard multiple sheriffs around the nation-state they will not enforce their governors’ shelter-in-place orders. Is that your position?” asked radio talk show host Trevor Carey, of the Trevor Carey Show.
“That is my position,” the sheriff affirmed. “We do not stop the public to find out what they’re doing when they’re not sheltering in place. We don’t ask those questions, we don’t ask if they’re ‘essential’.”
The sheriff said she is committing her resources to something “more important.”
“We’ve got our hands full trying to re-arrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail,” Mims continued per the report. “So we’ve got other things that are on our mind that are more important than stopping normally law-abiding citizens.”
Fresno is the fifth-largest city in California and the hub of the state’s agricultural Central Valley. As of Wednesday, the county had recorded 1,014 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths.
California adopted zero-dollar bail after criminal justice reform advocates argued that cash bail was discriminatory.
California began “phase two” of Gov. Newsom’s re-opening plan late last week, with limited reopening of businesses.
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The Daily Wire adds:
Moreover, as noted by The Los Angeles Times in March, the blue state granted early release to 3,500 inmates “in an effort to reduce crowding as coronavirus infections begin spreading through the state prison system.”
“Lawyers for Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday told a panel of federal judges the state is taking ‘extraordinary and unprecedented protective measures’ to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who live and work within California’s 35 prisons,” the report said. “The accelerated prison discharges — affecting inmates due to be released over the next 60 days — come in the face of pressure to do much more.”