The Governor’s criminal realignment policy continues to pose great safety, operational, and fiscal challenges for all 58 counties as property crimes rise statewide. Over 18,410 offenders have been sentenced to Los Angeles County jails instead of state prison and over 20,000 state parolees have been shifted to County Probation supervision since October 1, 2011.
County Jail Population as of February 28:
5,983 state prisoners are now serving their sentences in county jail and not state prison and more than 530 inmates have been sentenced to jail terms of five years to 42 years in a county jail which is meant to house inmates for less than one year.
Of the 20,000 plus state parolees now under county supervision only the very last offense, not the full criminal history is considered. Mentally-disordered offenders who were not supposed to be eligible for probation supervision have been re-classified by the state in some cases to make them eligible for release. Currently we have 17 such cases in our county and now eligible for probation supervision.
As of February 28:
- 868 – 4.8% are very high risk offenders
- 10,613 – 58.9% are high risk offenders
- 6,236-34.6% are medium risk offenders
- 249-1.4% are low risk offenders
- 623 are registered sex offenders
- 1,238 have been turned over to the federal authorities for deportation
- 26,365 arrests were made for new offenses (some were arrested multiple times)
- 324 are on electronic/GPS monitoring—which does not prevent or deter crime