D.A. predicts crime spike when state hands over prisoners

Rong-Gong Lin II (Los Angeles County Hall of Administration/LA Times) | August 30, 2011

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said a new state law to force counties, instead of the state, to jail non-violent felons is a “horribly flawed plan” that would increase crime on the streets.

“Public safety will be seriously jeopardized,” Cooley said Tuesday. “We’re not kidding. There will be tens of thousands of people let out all over California, who would otherwise be incarcerated…. I’ve been predicting … that there will be a spike in crime.

“The state Legislature is abandoning their highest-priority core mission in terms of public safety, shifting it to the counties. And it is a bait and switch. They had a big fiscal problem, so they’re abandoning a core mission and the county’s going to pick up the pieces, and the public is going to pay the price,” Cooley told reporters outside the L.A. County Hall of Administration.

Cooley said there’s not enough room in the county jails to house felons who would otherwise go to state prison. Already, county jails are being forced to release their own inmates early.

Officials estimate that in Los Angeles County, about 7,500 non-serious, non-sexual and non-violent felons who would have gone to state prison will instead stay in county custody.

Cooley’s comments come as the county Board of Supervisors is finalizing plans on how to handle the state felons in the county system. The state law will go into effect Oct. 1.

Read more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/crime-spike-prisoner-transfer.html

Photo redit: Lawrence K. Ho

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2 Comments for “D.A. predicts crime spike when state hands over prisoners”

  1. Banker

    The DA is an idiot, crime rates are always misunderstood.

  2. SOUTH SIDE

    Steve Cooley is an idiot DA the State prison are too over Crownded they cant fit no where. Just relase them for some stupid shit. If he is DA do their job right not many people will be sent to prison

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