By Duncan Smith

Another day, another incidence of sheer moronic behavior from a state court in California.

For months, left-wing groups have been petitioning friendly courts demanding that prisoners be released into the public because they are somehow more at risk of developing COVID-19 while incarcerated than they are out in the general public.

Where COVID-19 is rampant.

Believing that the best way to ‘protect’ prisoners from a virus is to release them into a virus-rich environment is stupid on steroids.

But far too many courts have agreed because they are presided over by leftist activist judges.

That includes courts in the most ridiculously left-wing state of California.

Now, however, one sheriff is pushing back with a huge hell no.

The Daily Caller notes:


County, California, Sheriff Don Barnes said Tuesday that he will not release 1,800 prisoners into the community despite a court order that says he must do so to prevent COVID-19 infection.

'I think they present a serious threat,' Barnes said on 'Fox & Friends.' 'The only inmates remaining now are serious offenders and to order the release of 1,800 inmates, 700 of which would be medically vulnerable, I think is absurd.'

Orange County Civil Court Judge Peter Wilson ordered Barnes to release the 1,800 inmates Tuesday, supporting a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union that argued the prison was overcrowded and ideally suited for spreading coronavirus.

The judge said the jail does not allow for standard social distancing.

Social distancing? Moron. 

Maybe the people of Orange County are more concerned about violent criminals being released into their midst right now instead?

'Of the medically vulnerable, 90 of them are in custody for murder or attempted murder, 94 for child molestation. It's an incredible order he placed on me and I have no intention of doing that — of releasing these individuals back into the community,' Barnes said, noting that he will ask the county commission to appeal the order.

'I think the judge looked at this as if the inmates were the innocent people — who are being subjected to, you know, the risk of COVID. Everybody in the community is at the risk of COVID right now: we have a surge that's happening throughout the nation,' Barnes said, calling that attitude 'not only absurd [but one that] 'places the community at significant risk of being victims of crime. Many of them very violent crimes.'

Yet another reason to abandon that cesspool of lunacy we call California.

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