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Hundreds of inmates have been released from San Mateo county jails in recent weeks

Original post made on Apr 16, 2020

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is rapidly releasing inmates in county jails in order to minimize the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 16, 2020, 11:31 AM

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13 people like this
Posted by Enuff
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 16, 2020 at 12:51 pm

Insanity!


7 people like this
Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 16, 2020 at 1:20 pm

Bad move! There's already an increase in crimes against persons & property. Read Next Door for updates (thefts, car B&Es, a mugging of an old woman for her purse) we aren't getting from Bolanos or the PDs. All since the crooks are back on the street.


7 people like this
Posted by Observer
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 16, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Yet you reported a gun crime in central portola valley during daylight hours yesterday. The public isn’t in danger?! Come on.


8 people like this
Posted by wildcat72
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Police are instructed NOT to arrest anyone so how can they report there hasn’t been an uptick in crime?


21 people like this
Posted by Petri-Dish group quarters
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Apr 16, 2020 at 2:09 pm

Yeah, keep those non-violent offenders in the secure, overcrowded Petri-Dish, so our safety officers can get infected faster, bringing it home to their families.

Then their families can go to the same grocery stores as us.... yeah, all good. Great plan, folks.

Oh, my, it gets better: "all prisoners who were within 60 days of completing the sentences they were serving were released."

We should have kept them in the Petri-Dish for a few more weeks to insure infection and THEN release them county-wide. Far more effective!


13 people like this
Posted by RanchGal
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 16, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Mr. Petri...
when you are the next victim you’ll be singing a different tune.
INSANITY to release them back into our area.


6 people like this
Posted by Petri-Dish group quarters
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Apr 16, 2020 at 2:41 pm

> INSANITY to release them back into our area.

Did you read the article? They *WILL* be released anyway. You prefer they are released in a couple weeks with greater risk of infection?

> "all prisoners who were within 60 days of completing the sentences they were serving were released."

So you think another couple weeks of jail will somehow teach them the "errors of their ways" and is worth the greater community health risk to all?

Ouch.


6 people like this
Posted by SMC resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Apr 16, 2020 at 5:06 pm

Armed robbery in PV on Tuesday!!! This is poor judgement.


6 people like this
Posted by Nope
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 16, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Making room for all the hardworking contractors/gardeners or hikers!!!!


6 people like this
Posted by Cruel and unusual punishment
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Apr 16, 2020 at 6:05 pm

I bet no one answers the question posed above...

- you think another couple weeks of jail will somehow teach them the "errors of their ways" and is worth the greater community health risk to all?

I do not.


8 people like this
Posted by Mville
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Apr 16, 2020 at 6:25 pm

What about getting CCW permits??


21 people like this
Posted by Dirty Harry
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 16, 2020 at 6:50 pm

What about that dude who stole the school bus and wrecked it? Probably $100k in taxpayer dollars down the tubes. That was a couple of weeks ago. Last weekend, apparently released from jail, he stole trucks from a private company and wrecked them. One damaged another taxpayer funded institution in Santa Clara County.

This idiot is a menace and should not have been let out of the jail. He's likely the most visible of a large group similar miscreants. Not unlike the coronavirus, we don't actually know the denominator of all the people who are threatening law abiding citizens.

This does not reflect well on our government which should have a core mission of protecting life and property. Instead, they protect their lives at the expense of everyone's property.

The bus/truck thief is only the start of what promises to be a spate of property and person crimes not only in San Mateo County but also the State.

This pandemic crisis will reset many aspects of society. Clearly one of major resets will be the progressive blindness to the risks of a no bail system of incarceration.


16 people like this
Posted by Truth be told
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Apr 16, 2020 at 8:13 pm

Wow, you liberals really crack me up. Hey Petri, how about we house these non violent offenders at your place, or your rentals? Sound good?


5 people like this
Posted by former resident
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Apr 17, 2020 at 2:06 pm

I applaud the District Attorneys actions, and am saddened by the responses on this website.


5 people like this
Posted by Petri-Dish group quarters
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Apr 17, 2020 at 3:40 pm

- you think another couple weeks of jail... is worth the greater community health risk to all?

Crickets.


6 people like this
Posted by Truth be told
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Apr 17, 2020 at 5:55 pm

Petri, are you willing to house these non violent offenders? Or in your rental units?

Crickets


5 people like this
Posted by Petri-Dish group quarters
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Apr 17, 2020 at 6:18 pm

Yes. They were getting out anyway. I've worked with a bunch of ex-offenders over the years. And *you* have supported a bunch of them through businesses you've frequented.

Now:

- you think another couple weeks of jail... is worth the greater community health risk to all?


2 people like this
Posted by Outsider
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 18, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Do they also get rewarded with a stimulus check.


4 people like this
Posted by Petri-Dish group quarters
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Apr 18, 2020 at 4:38 pm

> Do they also get rewarded with a stimulus check.

Dunno. Will 1200 bucks really make much of a difference?

@outsider: where are you on: out of jail a couple weeks early ... is worth the greater community health risk to all?


4 people like this
Posted by Petri-Dish group quarters
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Apr 18, 2020 at 4:41 pm

...really make much of a difference?

I guess there's a moral hazard argument, such as those airlines and other corporations getting trillions in tax breaks, using it for stock buybacks to inflate stock prices and inflate CEO comp, and then being first in line for Trump Bear Market bailout money.

Gosh. 1200 bucks versus trillions.

Hmmm... tough call.


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