LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A loophole in the controversial plan to send thousands of prisoners from California state pentitentiaries to Los Angeles County jails may see the release of both violent and nonviolent offenders, a county official said Wednesday.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich is leading an effort to modify the plan drawn up by Gov. Jerry Brown to transfer as many as 8,000 state inmates to county jails.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors does not agree with Brown’s repeated assertion that only nonviolent offenders will be freed.

Antonovich told KNX 1070 realignment is a threat both to public safety and the state’s finances.

“In this first month, we are already $10 million short on how much it’s cost local taxpayers for these individuals,” he said.

The realignment plan affects inmates whose most recent crime was non-violent, butt the Board of Supervisors argues that many of those inmates have violent crimes earlier on their records.

Antonovich echoed the sentiment of other board members who are calling for the law to be amended to consider inmates’ entire criminal history instead of just the last offense.

“The state is not meeting their obligation, financially and as a result, we’re going to have a spike in crime,” he said.

Comments (9)
  1. Alan Di says:

    Maybe now the judges and prosecutors will be a little more discerning when they sentence people to jail for minor crimes.

  2. ILLEGALS says:

    Politicians need to shut up & quit trying to EXTORT $$$ from Taxpayers.

    Before Ex-Governor Pete Wilson, Correctional Officers make $36,000+ a year..

    Ex-Governor Pete Wilson took office & double the Salaries of Correctional Officers to $70,000+ a year..

    All you need is a HS Diploma, starting salary is $70,000+..

  3. Taxpayer says:

    Time to start carrying my 9mm Beretta.

  4. Talluluh says:

    So what else is new! Ca, does this sort of thing all the time!

  5. cleaning up the mess says:

    Maybe the whining majority of California residents who cater to the criminal element will realize…no they aren’t able to rehabilitate this particular variety of criminal.
    Quit letting death row inmates file so many appeals they die of old age before they get injected. That costs our system way more $$ than paying for rehab for drug offenders, even if they were placed on inpatient programs.

    Texas has one thing going for it….they get rid of their death row folks regularly.

    1. Talluluh says:

      Probably not but, they are alive, breathing, eating,talking etc. and my tax dollars are still paying for them to do this! and, the people they killed are still dead! Their families are still mourning!

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