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Deadly Consequences: CA Crime Rate Spikes After Easing Prison Overcrowding

The Orwellian "Public Safety Realignment" now has a body count.

by
Jack Dunphy

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August 29, 2013 - 11:48 pm
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So it is here in Los Angeles. I have not seen a breakdown of the crimes committed by the 5,400 released felons in Los Angeles, but in an August 9 report for the civilian police commission, the LAPD noted that officers had arrested 3,075 of them, some more than once.

As is the case in California as a whole, the new state of affairs is beginning to show in the LAPD’s crime numbers. Although all types of crime continue to fall on a city-wide basis, in some parts of town the picture is not so rosy. As of August 17, seven of the city’s 21 patrol stations had seen increases in homicides from a year ago. The LAPD’s Central Division, for example, is home to the city and county governments and to many of Southern California’s major banks and law firms, but it also has the city’s highest concentration of ex-convicts. Last year in Central there had been but one murder as of this time; this year there have been five. In Southwest Division, home to the University of Southern California, there have been 18 murders so far this year compared with ten a year ago.

None of this should come as a surprise to anyone with the merest understanding of law enforcement issues. Fewer criminals in prison means more criminals on the streets, and they’re not out there collecting for the Red Cross. The crime wave of the late 1980s and early 1990s brought the backlash of three-strikes laws and a push for prison construction in California, the result of which was the long and steady decline in crime that has now sadly been reversed. If the state cannot afford to confine people whose criminal behavior should earn them a stint behind bars, it will pay for that behavior in other ways.

It’s just as simple as that.

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Jack Dunphy is the pseudonym of a police officer in Southern California.

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I can attest to the cruelty of "realignment" for victims of crime. Where is the justice for the victims? The entire time my perpetrator has been in CA prison, I've been threatened with the notion that he's "about to be released". There is no peace of mind. Do the Federal Judges care about that? No! Only the prescious criminals.
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"Read the article," he said.

So I did.

It says:

"The number of violent crimes and property crimes in California inched up between 2011 and 2012, according to a new analysis of crime data released by the Attorney General's office on Friday."

SOURCE: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/07/californias-crime-rates-inch-up-in-2012.html#storylink=cpy

What part of the word "UP" do you NOT understand, General Tso?
1 year ago
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I vote we move him in with Gen Tso.
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When I heard about the first release, it scared me to death. My daughter and her family live in the LA area. Now I hear that dangerous criminals were also released. This is very scary to me. 20 years ago my second husband, who had molested my daughter, was released after only 3 years of a six year sentence. I was informed 3 days AFTER his release. but at lease I was informed - were any of the victims released after brown's release. I don't know if anyone knows the history of Jerry Brown, but my dad hated him back in the 60's!!
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this chaos descends from the top down. we have no president and we have an attorney general who seems to be some sort of weird racist bigot. nothing will get better until someone figures out that somewhere between the moronic deluded aclu and dicken's london are there no workhouses, is really the place we should be. which is where we've always been. except for now. which is nowhere.
1 year ago
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"a chart depicting trends in violent and property crimes for the last 30 years (a period that happens to roughly coincide with my career as a police officer). Both lines on the graph indicate a fairly consistent downward trend in crime — that is, until one looks at 2012, when both lines ticked upward."

So Jack... my take away from this is, you've had a pretty good run these last 30 years, what with reducing all that crime, but... Did you take a vacation in 2012? Could THAT be the cause of the spike?

Maybe you shouldn't take so many vacations... LA needs you! :)
1 year ago
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The majority of the people of California deserve it for not supporting a Shall-Issue concealed handgun law. Those in he still decent counties should elect sheriffs that will issue the permits so that criminals who cannot be kept bottled up in prison will at least be kept bottled up in the major cities.
1 year ago
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The Philadelphia figures only included arrests, there are no arrests made for many crimes so you only know about the ones who were caught. It is cruel punishment to people that have committed no crime to force them to accept these proven criminals back into their community.
1 year ago
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"Cruel and unusual punishment"for the guilty is wrong."Cruel and unusual punishment"for the innocent is a damnable obscenity.
Does it have to be one or the other?Perhaps it's time for Congress to specifically define cruel &unusual punishment,rather than letting ivory tower theorists tinker with other peoples' lives.
1 year ago
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The prison yard is simply being moved from the prisons and Jails to the public squares all over our state. 10,000 more are coming.
The other dirty little secret is that cities and counties are not sentencing first and second timers to any physical custody at all at the front end, after some felonies and subsequent violations that would have in the past at least resulted in sentences of between 30 days and 16 months.
This has further inflate the numbers out and about.
1 year ago
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This is the state Californians voted for.
1 year ago
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They didn't elect SCOTUS.
1 year ago
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They also keep electing Democrats to the state legislature who refuse to allow responsible citizens to legally carry concealed weapons for self defense. Criminals in California can be reasonably certain they are protected by the Democratic legislature's aversion to allowing citizens to protect themselves. That's one big reason criminals like California so much
1 year ago
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No, but they did elect the state government that failed to build enough prisons to house their criminal population. They have far more culpability than the Supreme Court.
1 year ago
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Solve a problem by pretending it doesn't exist. This is a pattern. As skeet brings up below, the illegal alien problem also doesn't exist.

Let's face it: the predations of socialist government has left us broke, too broke even to operate a full criminal justice system. Security is the first mission of government. I wonder how many Sacramento bureaucrats have been laid off, and I wonder how many cops and corrections officers are looking at unemployment.

Why not simply deport all the illegal aliens? That way we're emptying much of the prisons, freeing up jobs for citizens now on the dole, and, if it matters any more, enforcing the law.
1 year ago
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Hundred$ of thousands for a trial and incarceration, or a buck for 230gr JHP -
it's not a had choice.
1 year ago
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"hard"
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