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Riverside County Inmates To Be Released

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is being forced to release some "lower-level" inmates from jail, an official says.

Riverside County jails are filled to the brim because of transfers from state prison and new sentencing guidelines under AB 109, a sheriff's official said Friday.

Because of a federal court order requiring that every inmate in the county jails have a bed, the sheriff's department is being forced to relieve overcrowding through electronic ankle bracelet monitoring, returning parole violators to the supervision of state parole agents or through the early release of some "lower-level" inmates, according to sheriff's Sgt. Joe Borja.

Some 735 inmates who would have been sent to state prison for felony convictions or violations of state parole are being held in Riverside County jails, Borja said.

California is under mandate from the U.S. Supreme Court to reduce its prison population. In response, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a "realignment" plan to transfer inmates to county jails.

Under new guidelines, anyone sentenced to three years in state prison for a non-violent, on-sexual or non-serious crime is taken to county jail, Borja said.

"However, current jail records indicate that almost 20 percent of inmates convicted of these 'non' offenses are receiving jail sentences exceeding 3 years, with one inmate being sentenced to more than 14 years," Borja said in a news release.

The sergeant said that parolees are also filling up much needed space for 60 to 90 days.

"Prior to AB 109, these same parole violators would have remained in the jail's custody for only 1-2 days and then returned to the care and custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)," he said.

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LBV Collins January 07, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It would be nice to know what the typical non-violent, non-sexual, and non-serious crimes are of those to be released. Are they people convicted of DUI or drug possession? Petty theft (like stealing clothes from Kohl’s)? I have no idea, though I did come across this: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Operations/FOPS/docs/ACP-Fact-Sheet-Final.pdf. It discusses conditions for the early release of female inmates and notes that “45 percent of …female inmates will be potentially eligible” for early release. (Nearly half of female inmates? Wow! That’s a lot of people. And I wonder how many males would qualify.)
LBV Collins January 07, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I did a bit more research. Here’s the CDCR website for the 2011 Public Safety Realignment: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/index.html. While I can’t find a list of non-violent, non-sexual, and non-serious crimes, I did find this list of non-violent, non-sexual, and non-serious crimes that would be excluded: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/docs/Final-Crime-Exclusion-List.pdf. (In other words, the list shows non-violent, non-sexual, and non-serious crimes where the inmate would NOT be released and would remain in prison/jail.)
Brenda January 07, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Morning LBV, Was reading all the information you went to so much trouble to bring us and thank you. Before yesterday I do know of someone who was released under these early/no time sentences. He has so many priors its hard to remember them all, but his first as an adult was assault in a park where he was skateboarding at 18 with a few friends. He was an easy target for some big, smart mouth hispanic drunk gang marines. They fought. As the skateboarder did the most damage, he was a blackbelt of some degree, he broke a arm, two noses, and well you get the idea, and he got a broken nose. They all went down for all charges using public defenders and pled out to ankles, huge fines, and probation. Now ever the next 5 years, he racked up felony burglary on two dept. stores(both while open)then felony burglary of a home, drugs in same car(he never been a drug issue)There was lists and lists of charge with each main crime. Too much to put here. With the last arrest he was in jail a couple of month, no one would bail him out anymore and he was 23 by then. After 3 mnths or so he had his final hearing, he was let out of jail(no bail paid)he has been good everything and all records will be explunged?(sp)This has been a Year and a half now, he graduated from this program. So I believe its possible for the courts to do this, its impossible to know who will benefit from it or not. He still has a year and a half probation left but the DA is looking at expluging it sooner. We will see.
Michael Mason January 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Under realignment, ALL parolees are required to serve their violation time, which has been reduced from a max of 1 year to 90 days, in County Jail. That is ALL parolees - child molesters, gang members, murderers and rapists included. These are the people being released early into our communities and without consequence. Some of those who are released early are committing more serious crimes. James Whitaker had been arrested for a series of burglaries. He was released after just a few hours in the Fresno County jail. Four days later, he allegedly held up a bank. Earlier in the week the story was Tino Tufono – Fresno’s Number Two car thief. He’d been in and out of the jail the past few months. He was most recently released November 28th due to overcrowding. A week later, he allegedly shot a man to death. On Christmas day, Derrick Blanton of Oroville was arrested for forcibly entering the victim's apartment in an attempted robbery, during which time he allegedly fatally shot a man and wounded two others, including a woman. Blanton had an active warrant for his arrest after he failed to report to parole (a so called "technical violation") following his early release from Jail due to overcrowding caused by AB 109. Last week it was Steven Hoff, who shot a Parole Agent in the face. Under realignment, Hoff would be classified a "non violent, non serious" offender based upon his current convictions of Burglary 2nd and ex-felon in possession of a firearm.
Michael Mason January 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
.....And just for good measure, Brown just cancelled a contract to house prisoners out of state, which will result in 10,000 prisoners being returned to our Prisons, and ultimately our county probation departments and jails. All this after only 3 months of realignment, with tens of thousands of more state prisoners slated to be transferred to our counties in the next couple of years. There will NEVER be enough money made available to the counties to handle this task. The ONLY solution is to fix the legislation that caused this mess. Realignment is simply not a sustainable system.
TVOR January 08, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Maybe if they sent all of the illegal alien offenders from our jails back to their country of origin, there would be enough room.
Secrets of Safety January 08, 2012 at 04:48 AM
According to the stats, 30 percent of those in California prisons are illegal aliens. Yep, that might just help a little. But Brown likes illegals, I don't see them getting returned.. If he had his way, I think they would all be considered for scholarships to our colleges.. (sarcasm). It's bad. And it isn't going to get better until we, as citizens, take a stand and force the current (lame) politicians out of office and replace them with people who actually think through the laws and rescind those laws that are worthless and damaging to our state. The time for citizens to stand up has long since past. Warnings about these things happening came years ago, but nobody paid attention. Now we complain. This doesn't say much for the citizens of this state. We seem to be too busy giving brownie points to politicians who pass "feel good" legislation.. Oh well..
temeculan January 08, 2012 at 12:29 PM
SOS is right on. It's the debt and unfunded liabilities that are killing us at the state and fed level. And as we all can see, there is no will to stop spending. The California Dream Act is just one more example. This is what "broke" looks like. Both parties spend money but our best shot of curbing the spending is vote out the Democrats. They have been in charge of California for over 40 years and, well...
Tonto January 08, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The anarchy spreads because of Californias insane policy of attracting illegals and letting law break down to accomodate them. Weird :)
JJ Mclure January 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
well said
JJ Mclure January 09, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Democrats are a disease
Brenda January 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Agree completely Tvor, and all the illegals draining our aid systems and put our own citizens who are in jail, in jails along the border working off their time putting up the new wall to keep them all out. 30 percent more room what would be a miracle and so would the money we would save. Also instead of sending the illegals back to where they came from we could put them to work on the wall. Never could understand why we got rid of the ole chain gangs instead of letting these guys sit on their duffs all day watching tv. It would be wonderful to get all our money back that we spend on illegals, prison, aid programs of all types. The programs we could reinstate or make new for our own needy, homeless, elderly, medically, mentally ill, addictions, and I pray for the day the politicians get down to the main problem here, fix it, and we move on as a country. We cant take care of our own for heavens sake, and now release people that are not in for petty crimes, they are coming out with serious crimes under their belts. :/ Brown likes illegals because al he has to do is campaign in Los Angeles, Fresno, a few small cities along the border and he has the vote. It will take a Civil War to get anything changed now with our governments lack of enforcment of our illegal laws, or make new ones to get them out of here immediately, each one and every single baby. Civil War and then put people in office who know immediately what to do first. Cut off their aid and they will leave.
Amazing Lies January 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Just a thought..... Before this federal court order, we were incarcerating people and making them sleep on the cement floor. That in itself would constitute "cruel and unusual punishment" wouldn't it? What were we thinking?
temeculan January 09, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Dear Amazing Lies (really?), I’m confused. "We" were probably trying to protect our families and neighborhoods from predators, thieves, burglars and other criminals. "They" might have found themselves in crowded conditions because "they" were faced to deal with the consequences of "their" actions. However, now that "we" are broke, "we" cannot afford to pay for the jail cells because “we” want to pay for illegal’s college educations. I think “we” need to change direction.
Amazing Lies January 09, 2012 at 08:42 PM
1 of 2 Hello John, and once more we cross swords..... As I said, just a thought. If we weren't ruled by the power behind the throne of State government (the CCPOA) who seem to need an ever growing population of incarcerated individuals in order to feed their insatiable need for more officers, more benefits, more overtime, more pensions... perhaps we would be able to view the situation objectively. Do you know how much the penal system actually costs us? ("us" being California). We could, perhaps, take a little time to work out exactly how it is that we seem to have the most lawless population on the planet. We (California) certainly have more prisoners per capita than anywhere else with the sole exception of China. Perhaps we need to take a look at the over-bearing legislation and tone it down a little. Putting previously lawful actions into the unlawful category so that you can feed your pension seems to be a little unkind, to say the least...
Amazing Lies January 09, 2012 at 08:50 PM
2 of 2 Maybe we should also look at the "tough on crime" legislation in California, the Department of Corrections' practice of providing bonuses to parole officers for returning parolees to prison and county jails for parole violations; the holding of people accused of minor crimes in jail while they wait to be proven guilty or innocent and now that the prosecution has no burden to produce any exculpatory evidence they may have which would prove the innocence of an accused person, it's only a matter of time until the prison population (current and past) outstrips the general populace. However, if the illegal immigrants who comprise 30 percent of our prison population were removed from the equation then that would put the prisons back to just being at full capacity. That would then remove the situation of having to make people sleep on the floor. Prison is used as a punishment, that punishment being the loss of freedom.
Amazing Lies January 09, 2012 at 08:56 PM
All that being said, john, I have to say that I do agree we need a change of direction. Here's a link to an interesting article : http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/151042/20110524/california-prison-overcrowding-war-on-drugs.htm
Brenda January 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I think you are both saying the similar thing? Also that there is a fast and inexpensive fix that you both seem to agree on right? Per our own laws sending illegals out on the next bus or plane and NOT letting them back in? Seriously cutting off the free aid, money will get them out of her FASTER then anything else. I mexico they give a pig or chicken for medical care, here its free for them, hmmm. Anyway, I do not care one iota if a criminal or suspected criminal has to sleep on a floor with a blanket. Hey that is like camping out and they chose their own path and ended up on that floor. Why do we have so many repeat offenders? Its easy in jail and they will be the first ones to tell you that. TV, computers, their own Presidents, councils for grievances, sex, drugs, showers, food, medical care and not a care in the world. Like I said, we need the chain gangs back, work for your prison bill, just like everyone on aid should be working, even if its cleaning toilets, working in a shelter, anyplace we need to fill positions. Work for aid and to pay your prison bill and/or go back home. But I think you two are agreeing? Now off to read the article, thank you for the link AL.
Brenda January 09, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Good article, also the one on Obama and illegals. Interesting point of view on the drugs. Still processing that one, lol
Secrets of Safety January 09, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Oh yes... Brenda.... One of those who believe the accused are guilty already. I presume that is because they wouldn't be accused if they weren't guilty of something, right? Easy in jail, I would have to guess you know that from personal experience. Or are you relying on what other people have said? You are pretty calloused toward others aren't you? Not a care in the world (except survival in barbaric circumstances). Work for aid.. Yes, regardless of handicap, free ride shouldn't be allowed. Since crutches and wheel chairs aren't accepted in jails except when a prisoner is being transported, I'm sure sleeping on a cold cement floor wouldn't bother the handicapped, would it? Guess what, there are a lot of handicapped in our jails. Back to the point.. given the unfathomable amount of laws we have, there aren't many people in our society who don't violate some law in their life. The way we are going, if a law enforcement officer were to decide to enforce them all, it would be very clear that even you or I could find ourselves behind bars. When that happens, I would be willing to bet, your view might change just a little. Repeat offenders.. well, I guess we should look at how our children are educated (or not educated). It is a proven fact that crime amongst the uneducated is much higher because they can't find work and resort to doing things against the law to survive. Heck, it's against the law in most places to be homeless nowadays.
veteranbadge January 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM
We're all going to die one day, so why look both ways when crossing the street? Sure, there are a lot of laws, but i didn't wake up today and commit murder, or rape, or robbery, or DUI.....I'm sure you didn't either. People aren't in jail for failing to properly count paperclips.......and the process of incarceration is long and drawn out....more than enough time to usually weed out the low level offenders and relegate them to automatic probation and/or time served. What exactly is your beef with the requirement that law breakers serve time? Or am I misunderstanding your take on it?
Secrets of Safety January 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM
veteranbadge, Yes, I think you are misunderstanding what I said. My comments to Brenda are related more toward those accused not those convicted. Being convicted, and the law applied then those people should serve that time or a reasonable alternative according to the law. My response to "Why do we have so many repeat offenders? Its easy in jail and they will be the first ones to tell you that. TV, computers, their own Presidents, councils for grievances, sex, drugs, showers, food, medical care and not a care in the world." was quite simply with regard to the fact that "Brenda" made a statement that is incorrect and I suggested that maybe if she finds herself in the conditions prisoners live under, she might have a different point of view. I never suggest at any point that someone convicted of a crime should not serve their time, nor would I. That is the law and that is the way it is. I think much of the conversation so far is about what solutions might there be for having to release those who are supposed to be serving their time. It was pointed out that a lot of those people in the jails are "accused", not convicted and "Brenda" said "Anyway, I do not care one iota if a criminal or suspected criminal has to sleep on a floor with a blanket.", my comment was with regard to the "suspected criminal".
Brenda January 10, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Veterens it appears you and Secret agree. Secrets was making his reply to me, to make me appear the worse unforgiving, jump the gun, shoot them all, heartless, without law woman in the world, which I am NOT. I have been very hurt by his mean comments to me for no other reason then to embarrass and demean me and not sure if he misunderstands me, or doesn't want to understand me or I am an easy target. Regardless, I didn't address handicapped situations in there due to lack of room. Being handicapped myself and a user of wheelchairs, canes, walkers, medications, daily, weekly, and IV monthly doses, I know that keeping a person like me in jail would be a pain. Unless I had committed murder in full view of witness's or some other atrocious crime, the best place would be for me at home with an ankle bracelet. Of course with our current laws and procedures for finding someone guilty, everyone is innocent until proven so. However, this system also has a stay in jail, get bond, get out, spend a long amount of time going through the trial process. Everyone should have to go through that process and then be determined if we can "weed out the low level offenders and relegate them to automatic probation and/or time served." Which I agree. If charged with a crime a person should be in jail until that is determined if they are anklet worthy, even if it means sleeping on a floor with blankets, and NOT a handicapped person SECRET, as much as you think I would do that to someone.
Secrets of Safety January 10, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Brenda, You do err. I didn't say you are "the worse unforgiving, jump the gun, shoot them all, heartless, without law woman in the world...", nor did I imply that at all. I responded to your comments which seem to be inconsistent with a solution to the problem being faced by the system of having to turn people loose. There has to be a change, and the mindset of not caring that people are in these places under the conditions they are under isn't going to help. None of us want to face the fact that people we perceive as dangerous are going to be walking the streets without serving their punishment. That very fact brings fear upon the general population and causes us to question what we are going to do since those who are in jail for presumably breaking the law, aren't facing their punishment. It would seem that there is no longer any consequence for doing wrong in the eyes of the law. That is very scary. I do not see you as an easy target. Nor do I try to point you out and say things about you. I do, however reply to your comments, and you reply to mine. We have had some interesting exchanges and I haven't considered them personal attacks at all. But when you make statements that are obviously incorrect such as prisoners in the jails having it easy, that just isn't the truth and anyone who has seen TV shows and looks at the jails, can easily see that isn't true. I simply rebutted your statements with some reasoning from a different point of view. Take care.
veteranbadge January 10, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Secrets, Duly noted, my mistake. I'm clear on what you meant now.
TVOR January 10, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I don't think any prisoner should be forced to sleep on a concrete floor. I think that is cruel and unusual. I do definitely support putting able bodied prisoners (tried and convicted) on chain gangs to provide services back to our citizens who have far too much of their hard earned money taken from them by unreasonably high taxes. But back on subject, the system is on the verge of collapse and there are many factors causing it. Most stem from laws that for various reasons do more harm than good.
Secrets of Safety January 10, 2012 at 03:52 AM
absolutely true, TVOR.
JJ Mclure January 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
A floor isn't a big deal. Don't be so wimpy.
LBV Collins January 11, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Hi SOS. I’m curious where you got your “30 percent of those in California prisons are illegal aliens” data. I’ve searched but can’t find it. The only info I came across was in an article that notes the number was 13 percent (based on data as of December 2010). [1] The article also notes that incarcerating “foreign-born inmates” costs California taxpayers about $1 billion each year. (Ouch!) It further states that deporting them is problematic—there’s a good chance that once released from our prison and deported, they would just sneak back—as free men. 1. http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/investigations/122630554.html
Secrets of Safety January 11, 2012 at 07:21 AM
JBV Collins I just used a website that posted in 2007. If you have updated information, then I don't mind knowing about it. I'm always looking for new information. http://newsblaze.com/story/20070428100949lill.nb/topstory.html

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