At a press conference held today at Bill Bean Jr. Memorial Park, dedicated to a Sacramento policeman murdered by a parolee in 1999, Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) joined Crime Victims United of California (CVUC), Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, and Assemblyman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) to challenge the constitutionality of Senate Bill 18 3x.
Assemblyman Nielsen, one of the original founders of the Victims Rights movement, said, "The disregard for Marsy's Law, which was supported and enacted by millions of Californians, will lead to more heartrending stories of victims plastered on our television news stations." Nielsen, who served as Chairman of the State Parole Board, went on to say, "We need to realize that releasing inmates into our streets is not only illegal under Marsy's Law, but it poses a threat to the well being of our communities and neighborhoods. It is out of conviction that I join Crime Victims United and many others seeking a restraining order to instantly stop the early release of criminals. Such order's intent is to defend and protect the citizens of California."
On February 16th, CVUC filed a lawsuit in Placer County Superior Court challenging various constitutional violations by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Governor Schwarzenegger concerning early release policies. "The plan for early release is naturally precarious; even though some claim only low-level offenders will be released, they fail to understand low-level offenders include domestic violent and child abusing criminals," Nielsen said.