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Concern Growing Among French Valley Residents About Inmates Released at Night

Residents who live near Southwest Detention Center have submitted a petition regarding the matter to Riverside County officials, The Press-Enterprise reported.

Southwest Detention Center (Patch file photo)
Southwest Detention Center (Patch file photo)
There is growing concern among residents who live near Southwest Detention Center in French Valley about the nighttime release of inmates who may not have immediate transportation arrangements, it was reported Saturday.

Three neighbors gathered 527 signatures on a petition regarding the matter and have submitted it to Riverside County officials, The Press-Enterprise reported.

Inmates can be released from the jail 24 hours a day, while public transportation ends at 7:30 p.m on weekdays and does not run on weekends, the newspaper reported.

Some residents are concerned that those without rides are instead loitering near local neighborhoods and businesses.

Read the full report on PE.com.

Karate Kid August 25, 2013 at 02:19 PM
We can get one of those wine tour buses, and call it Inmate Wine Tours, for stressed out inmates after their release late at night. We can drop off all the inmates at each winery so that the wineries can experience what its like to have unwanted trash in their proximity. We can make an inmate casino tour as well.
John Smith August 25, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Hey 951....got get the job done!! You who is so filled with getting the job done..GO DO IT!! Ha....who will you be crying to help you when they are in your front yard??? And also, in all your spare time, go solve the Pete Music murder. Start your little wine tour, crime drop off and make some money for the City....Please, educate us all on how we solve AB109. RSO is hiring. I don't think you will make the cut with your manicured nails....
Karate Kid August 25, 2013 at 10:18 PM
@John Smitty, I was poking fun at the wineries and the casino, geez I didnt know you were so affiliated with them. Obviously they need to fix the French Valley inmate transportation problem. But you love drunk drivers and gamblers and prostitutes. Screw you Johnny boy. I will say what I want when I want? Comprende?
CC August 26, 2013 at 09:31 AM
When I used to take the bus from Hemet to temecula at 5ish in the morning we would get to southwest and maybe 1or2 people would get on. Mostly DUI who just got out of the drunk tank. They don't just let you walk out your supposed to have some one to pick you up or the give you a bus ticket. In the almost two years I took that route never did I ever come across anyone dangerous per say. Mostly people that were just trying to get home. You knew the jail was there when you moved there, so why are you complaining now. Most of the inmates there are in for drugs, DUI, spousal, or a bar fight. That's who gets released
LmLingard August 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM
@CC yes back in the day those released from jail were given a bus ticket. But now its just a short walk to the local gas station/grocery store complex. Having someone demand I give them money while I'm loading my groceries or gassing my car gets old. It's not as intimidating in the daylight as it is at night.
CC August 26, 2013 at 04:15 PM
They still give bus passes and greyhound tickets. But I do understand how some may not utilize the option

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