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RivCo Sheriff Wants Jail 'Realignment' Bugs Fixed

The passage of Assembly bill 109 by the California state Legislature intended to ease prison overcrowding has had a deleterious effect on local jails, crowding them with state convicts, the Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff said.

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff is taking the bull by the horns and proposing his own legislative fixes to a state Assembly bill that has resulted in disastrous jail overcrowding, he said in a news release Wednesday.

"The Sheriff's Department will put together a staff package over the next few weeks of recommended legislative fixes for AB 109 (Realignment) for our local legislative representatives for their next session in 2013," wrote Sniff in his release.

The sheriff refers to a state Assembly bill passed in 2011 that was intended to ease overcrowding in the state prisons, instead shifting that population to the county.

According to Sniff, since October 2011, those defendants who were convicted in state court have been kept imprisoned locally, rather than being shipped off to the prisons.

Lower level offenders who violated parole—in the past all parole violators were sent back to prison—now remain behind bars locally, the sheriff said.

Sniff lauded the Riverside County Board of Supervisors for finding money to create more jail space but even with those additions, since January, said Sniff, the county has had to release 5,470 inmates before their terms were completed.

The sheriff’s department is under a federal court order to release inmates when the jail capacity is exceeded.

“The Board of Supervisors are not involved in that process—it is solely the responsibility of the Sheriff on when and who we are forced to release,” Sniff wrote.

Though the Supervisors have included the construction of more jail space in the county’s capital improvement budget, the prisoners will keep coming, he said.

"This was not thought through carefully and the Legislature has not cleaned up the bill's serious flaws in spite of repeated requests by the criminal justice system agencies to do so,” Sniff wrote.

The sheriff added that the county jails book 60,000 inmates per year from all law enforcement agencies.

Lash LaRue October 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Actually Pot is gateway drug for crime. http://citrusheights.patch.com/articles/shooting-victim-revealed-to-be-former-roommate-alleged-pot-thief As reported in the Patch: In a perhaps surprising turn of events, Citrus Heights Police Department officials now believe a man shot while breaking into a Citrus Heights resident's home Wednesday morning was in fact a former roommate. According to a statement released by CHPD spokesman Alex Turcotte, the resident, Jeri Higby, who shot at a man while breaking into his home was in fact in a dispute with the invader over an amount of marijunana. The 34-year-old former roommate arrived at the property Wednesday morning, attempting to take marijuana plants from an outdoor grow in the rear yard. According to the release, Higby fired a shotgun at his former roommate follwing a short argument. The roommate was struck in the torso and eventually transported to an area hospital where he was treated for his non-life-threatening injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery. Higby was arrested for assault with a firearm and booked at Sacramento County. According to Citrus Heights Police, the shooting was reported at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday in the 7700 block of Bierston Street.
David Shisler October 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
You can take that article and replace marijuana with whiskey, money, or almost anything else and have the same results. Exfriends a dispute and one has a gun.
marie October 18, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I have a better idea they should stop government corruption there would alot less inmates in jail. Not everyone is guilty. Lawless America Bill Windsor is amazing. He is exposing all the corruption that is going on.
SPB October 18, 2012 at 11:37 PM
no, pot is a gateway drug for pizza delivery and comedy central.
morgan champagne October 19, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Pots a gate way drug??? Hahaha yeahhh right!!!! That's why they use it for medical purposes lol

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