The County of Los Angeles Probation Department will report to the Board of Supervisors on further implementation of Assembly Bill 109 and the effects of prison realignment on the county.
As the implementation of Assembly Bill 109 enters its third year, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has requested another report from the county Probation Department on their implementation of prison realignment.
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The report was initially requested in December 2012 and comes after a two-year report by several county departments on Dec. 17, 2013.
The report will address the number of cases handled by the Probation Department, rearrest percentages, successful case terminations, parole compliance and substance abuse among parolees, according to the county board agenda and supporting documents.
During the Dec. 17 report, Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers said that L.A. County has a higher percentage of released AB 109 offenders, because low-level offenders are not usually sentenced to prison in this county.
“Approximately 30 percent of the total population that has been released to counties has come to Los Angeles County,” he said.
AB 109, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, allows for non-violent, non-sexual offenders to be sentenced to county jails instead of state prisons and for these same felons to be supervised by the county Probation Department instead of the state Parole Department once released.
The law has met with some opposition from local officials, including Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
“The governor’s failed realignment program is a proven threat to public safety, which has overwhelmed probation departments and local law enforcement agencies statewide,” Antonovich said in an April interview, following a kidnapping by an AB 109 parolee. “The governor needs to take the proper steps and call a special session of the legislature to repeal this reckless program.”
Tuesday’s county board meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and the Probation Department’s report will start at 11 a.m., according to the meeting agenda.
County board meetings can be streamed live online, here.
Click here for the full agenda and related documents.
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Source: Santa Clarita News