State prisons regurgitating felons

July 27, 2012

There are 38,000 more felons in California county jails and other local lockups and programs, thanks to a relatively new state policy dubbed “realignment” which officials hope will reduce what had been a rapidly-growing prison population.

Results of a study by the Chief Probation Officers of California shows that 23,000 prison inmates have been released into supervision by local probation officers, and 15,000 more have been diverted into local jails or given probation.

The idea is to move to less-restrictive domains those felons who have demonstrated less inclination for violence in the system. To date, according to the study’s authors, California’s prison population, once over 160,000, has shrunk to under 140,000 for the first time since 1996.

Steve Bordin, president of CPOC, wrote in a statement, “It is clear that realignment is already dramatically changing criminal justice in California.”  Only a “very few” probation violations have been reported since the program’s start.


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  1. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Corrections Corporation of America, a private, for-profit prison management corporation, sent a letter to 48 states offering to buy their prisons if the states will guarantee a 90% occupancy rate for 20 years. [If you like quotas for traffic tickets, you’ll love quotas for prison sentencing.] GovtSlaves 2012 Sep 12

    http://govtslaves.info/govt-guarantees-90-occupancy-rate-in-private-prisons/

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  2. mwpstation6 says:

    Below article does not support the same positive results being claimed by the probation chiefs. This is especially concerning given that LA County is home to the majority of our states parolees. Pay attention media – Brown has appointed a freindly committee of AB 109 supporters to report on the results of AB 109 – make sure to do your own fact checking on the bogus statistics they will be feeding you…
     
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    Scores of arrests made among Lancaster’s ex-prisoners, sheriff’s officials say
    July 26, 2012 |  5:23 pm

     
     

    The recent release of several thousand inmates from the California prison system has resulted in more than 300 ex-prisoners under the partial supervision of L.A. sheriff’s deputies in Lancaster, and there have been nearly 200 arrests among this group since October, authorities said Thursday.

    The post-release supervision of certain parolees sentenced for nonviolent and non-serious crimes now falls to individual counties. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department created several “parolee compliance teams” to assist the county’s Probation Department with monitoring them, according to a written statement by Deputy Michael Rust of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

    Since the program began last October, Lancaster deputies working with the parolee compliance team conducted several operations, including 315 compliance checks and 68 address verifications. These operations resulted in 182 arrests and the seizure of 13 firearms, Rust said. Rust added that many belonging to this new class of parolee had been arrested “multiple times” and “all of the arrests were for new crimes or fresh charges.”

    Rust said the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station’s three specialized crime-fighting units, which include burglary and robbery suppression teams and the parolee compliance team, were keeping up the pressure on criminals. In the first six months of the year, the units have made more than 330 arrests, dismantling nine burglary rings, Rust said.
    However, a recent report by the Sheriff’s Department showed that violent crimes, which include murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, increased by 16% in Lancaster during the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2011. Homicides increased from four murders to eight.

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  3. Jack L says:

    Hope there are enough resources to provide the probation department with enough officers to do their job correctly. And that those released do not reoffend and/or are dangerous to the law abiding citizenry of CA.

    Firearm sales are going crazy in CA, it shows the worry and anxiety of our population.

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    • Robert1 says:

      There is not, I have friends that work within this dept in SLO county and they say to get ready for a big increase in crime as the bad boys released are already working overtime at their special skill set.

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  4. Slowerfaster says:

    If the state put non-violent drug offenders into rehab instead of prison, they wouldn’t have this ‘problem’ in the first place.

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    • kayaknut says:

      How would things be if we sent those that are not legal citizens back and secured our border??

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      • The Gimlet Eye says:

        Can’t do that. Illegal aliens are a necessity out on the plantations.

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        • Robert1 says:

          Lies, only 4% work in the fields, the rest occupy jobs that legal citizens had before the uncontrolled flood of cheap labor.

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          • The Gimlet Eye says:

            You are quite right. My point was that, despite what you say, the elites will not allow them to be deported. They want them here whether the little people like it or not.

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            • Slowerfaster says:

              “Little people” ! What a laugh !
              Like you Randian ‘supermen’ ever consider yourselves as little or common.

              You embrace the pseudo-intellectuals and self-appointed ‘elites’ you so decry.

              Why not try reading something substantive; like Paine, or Veblen, or early Lippmann ?

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            • thebug says:

              What you really mean is the Democrats don’t want them to be deported.

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              • The Gimlet Eye says:

                No, that’s NOT what I mean. I mean the ELITES.

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        • Myself says:

          If they are in the field they usually are not in the drug scene, two different groups.

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    • BeenThereDoneThat says:

      I rarely agree with Slowerfaster but on this one he is right on. I don’t understand WHY anyone would want to put non-violent drug offenders in prison? They are not a threat to anyone but themselves. Get them treatment and off the junk. You put them in prison you just prolong the problem and still deal with it at a later point.

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