Official: LA County Faces Incoming ‘Tsunami’ Of Freed State Parolees

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Officials on Wednesday said they have yet to settle on a solution to mitigate the effects of the impending release of thousands of state parolees into Los Angeles County.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports one county supervisor is warning the public is largely unprepared for when the state begins releasing low-level offenders from prisons beginning October 1.

L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is among those trying to come up with a plan to hire more probation officers and figure out how they might meet the medical needs of all those parolees.

“We have a tsunami coming,” said Antonovich. “It’s really breaking the back of the criminal justice system and the health care delivery system.”

But beyond the economic fallout, Antonovich warned the release — which is part of a California court order to reduce overcrowding in state prisons — is failing to catch the attention of county residents.

“Overall, the community has really been silent as to what is going to be hitting them,” he said.

L.A. County expects an estimated 9,000 state parolees to be freed in just the first year alone.

A vote is set for next week for supervisors to vote on a plan to deal with the release.

  • OMG


    You can bet that crime will go up come Oct!!!

  • The Mad Man

    I thought they were going to be released to jails and half way houses. Are you saying the PUBLIC IS AT RISK? Our police will protect us. They don’t lie or cheat like congress does. Who am I joking, I can’t say that without laughing so loud, it wakes up my neighbors!

  • Please

    The Supervisor has know the problem for a long time now maybe they will fix this one since that haven’t fixed the Children and Family Service. Maybe now they will see the need to get off their behinds and do what they are getting paid big bucks to do.

    It’s stated that you are “falling to catch the community attention” that’s because you have failed the communities have sworn to look out for but, instead you have only done what’s best for you!

    You only want the community to do something when it benefits you! You don’t listen to any other things the community has to say. You are about your special interest group and how you can make it better for those who can help you. It’s not about the people and for the people! It’s about your designated group of people.

  • rjsmitty

    I am really glad we are taking care of the overcrowding issue in the prison system . It was really high on my list of things the county should do right away ?? This is going to be a disaster !!!! Thanks ACLU what would we do without you ??

  • Hollywood Reporter

    Time to start carrying a 9mm.

  • Igor Doublebubblevich.

    Mikie Antonovich has a CCW< he is in a position to defend himself, only 6 a year issued in Los Angeles, 1000's are rejected to defend themselves, go open carry starting today, you have a right to protect yourself, especially when therse criminals will all be armed after their release.

  • Here We Go Again

    Just dandy. It’s already known that the recidivism rate (that’s the ability to repeat their actions for you dummies) for these parolees is like 85% or something. The media is already lying to us about crime going down in L.A. county.

    I happen to agree with comment by Hollywood Reporter. It’s time to get for us law-abiding people to get armed. This state, county and city has failed time and time again only to side with these felons.

  • Maury

    I think we are going to need these ex cons to protect us from the police, like those devils from Fullerton.

  • Ron

    Why have we all assumed that this is a done deal and we have NO choice, simply because the court said SO?
    We need the laws to be re-written and some legal way to put a hold on this court’s decision.
    It is time that the judges and courts stop making decisions that put our population at RISK.

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