Governor Brown’s prison realignment program continues to pose a safety, operational, and fiscal challenge for all 58 counties as crime continues to rise statewide. Over 22,525 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 October 17:
5,479 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.
The state has shifted over 25,242 parolees to Los Angeles County Probation for supervision. Of those 34,385 were arrested for new offenses. The number is high because some are arrested for multiple crimes.
As of October 17, of the 25,242 parolees:
- 267 – 1% are low risk offenders
- 1,197 – 5% are very high risk offenders
- 13,180 – 60% are high risk offenders
- 6,948 – 32% are medium risk offenders
- 790 – are registered sex offenders
- 1,457 – have been turned over to federal authorities for deportation
- 221- are on electronic/GPS monitoring – which does not prevent or deter crime