RELEASE: PUBLIC SAFETY REALIGNMENT TOPIC AT THIS YEAR’S POLICE CHIEF’S LUNCHEON HOSTED BY SUPERVISOR ANTONOVICH
Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
June 30, 2013
For Immediate Release
PUBLIC SAFETY REALIGNMENT TOPIC AT THIS YEAR’S POLICE CHIEF’S LUNCHEON HOSTED BY SUPERVISOR ANTONOVICH
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – At his annual Police Chief’s Luncheon, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Sheriff Lee Baca and Probation Chief Jerry Powers discussed AB 109, the state’s public safety realignment program, which transferred supervision of state prisoners to County probation departments and custody of certain offenders from state prison to county jails resulting in crime spikes across the state.
“With crime rates rising in many of our local cities, the Governor’s realignment program is a proven threat to public safety which has overwhelmed probation departments and local law enforcement agencies statewide,” said Antonovich.
“Currently there are over 43,000 prisoners serving time in local jails instead of state prisons, a number expected to reach 52,000 by 2014. Of those, 14,377 are in Los Angeles County, 5,901 of whom are currently in county jail. Over 40 of them have a sentence longer than eight years and one is electronically monitored.”
“As of July 12, 2013, the state has shifted over 16,409 parolees county probation for supervision. Of those 638 are very high risk offenders, 8,288 are high risk offenders, 5,512 are medium risk offenders, and 220 are low risk offenders. There have been 1,051 turned over to the federal authorities for deportation, 464 registered sex offenders, 17,682 arrested for new offenses, and 199 electronic/GPS monitoring, which does not prevent or deter crime.”