The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is releasing up to 120 inmates into Bakersfield on Thursday for transportation to other areas of the state.
The Bakersfield Police Department said the inmates will be released between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Greyhound Bus Station. Most of the people being released are not being paroled to Bakersfield or Kern County, the department said.
BPD said inmates have been released this way in the past and that usually there isn’t any disruption or violence. Due to the passage of Proposition 57 in 2016, however, a higher number of prisoners are being released.
That state law moves up parole consideration for nonviolent offenders.
“The Bakersfield Police Department has been in contact with businesses in the area that may be affected and will maintain a presence in the area during the scheduled release times,” the department said in a news release. “We have also been in contact with local groups that assist former prisoners with transitioning back into society to offer resources and information to those being released.”