Wednesday, August 17, 2011

L.A. Supervisor: 'We'll Have a Spike in Crime'

Los Angeles County supervisors condemned the California legislature's cost-cutting decision to keep some state prisoners in local lockups and have parolees be supervised by county agencies, asserting that both would lead to an increase in crime, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Because of the state's continuing budget and prison overcrowding crisis, on October 1California will begin shifting some low-level nonviolent offenders from the state prison and parole system to its 58 county jails and probation departments.

"It's irresponsible for us to turn around and dump these [prisoners] into our communities with an ankle bracelet and hope they don't re-offend," Los Angeles Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. Without finding a way to increase prison time, Antonovich said, "I believe we'll have a spike in crime."

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