PETITION TO URGE GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN OF CALIFORNIA TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE LOUIS BYRD
Governor Jerry Brown and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation have been ordered by the federal court to immediately release 9,600 inmates from California's prisons. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation might first consider the release of the sick and elderly. Louis Byrd is elderly and sick.
WHY LOUIS BYRD SHOULD BE RELEASED FROM THE CALIFORNIA INSTITUTION FOR MEN IN CHINO, CALIFORNIA
Louis Byrd is an eighty-one-year-old father, grandfather, great-grandfather, veteran of the Navy, former educator, principal, USC alumnus, and former councilman and mayor of the City of Lynwood, California for sixteen years. We urge Governor Brown to release Louis Byrd immediately as per the federal court's mandate. Louis Byrd is not a flight risk, and he will not contribute to an increase/surge in the crime rate. Louis Byrd was denied bail pending his appeal because the trial judge said that he was a flight risk at eighty years old.
Louis Byrd is now serving a four year sentence at the California Institution for Men in Chino, California. We, the supporters of Louis Byrd, believe that he was unjustly accused, convicted, and incarcerated for the misappropriation of public funds. He is currently appealing the conviction, and we are confident that he will be exonerated. His case was prosecuted as a "test case" for the City of Bell.
Every day that Louis Byrd remains incarcerated poses a threat to his physical and mental health. His separation from his family and friends has been very painful. The time that he spends in jail can never be returned to this eighty-one-year-old man upon being exonerated.
THE FEDERAL COURT DEMANDS THAT GOVERNOR BROWN IMMEDIATELY BEGIN THE RELEASE OF PRISONERS
The federal and Supreme Courts have ruled that incarceration in California’s prisons violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The severe overcrowding denies sick inmates good medical care. However, Governor Brown does not want to implement the court’s order; hence, the court has threatened to hold him in contempt of court.
We, the Committee to Release Louis Byrd, call on Governor Brown to show compassion to Louis Byrd and to others who are also low risk offenders and elderly and to order Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to immediately release Louis Byrd from prison.
Committee to Release Louis Byrd