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Inspector General to review cases for crime-reporting accuracy

Posted: August 12, 2014 5:17 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2014 5:17 p.m.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – On a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion instructing the Inspector General to review and analyze a sample of Sheriff’s closed cases and report back to the Board on the accuracy of their classification of crimes in 30 days.

“Accurate classification of crimes is not only important for crime reporting purposes but for making informed policy decisions and earning the public’s trust,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “The Sheriff’s Department provides general law enforcement services to all of the county’s unincorporated communities as well as over 40 contract cities. It is important that these communities and the victims have the confidence in the Sheriff’s Department’s crime reporting data.”

The motion is in response to a recent report revealing possible misclassification and under-reporting of violent crimes by the Los Angeles Police Department.  

“Misclassifying or covering up certain crime data is unacceptable and very troubling especially given the significant challenges of Realignment – AB 109.  Police chiefs throughout the state are rightfully concerned about the impact of AB 109 on crime trends in their jurisdiction; manipulating such data is a disservice to everyone.”

Since the implementation of Realignment in October of 2011:

  • Over 22,525 have been sentenced to Los Angeles County jail instead of state prison.
  • Of those, over 5,652 are currently in county jail and of those, more than 530 are serving jail terms of five years or more.
  • The state has also shifted over 23,491 parolees to Los Angeles County for probation supervision instead of state parole supervision. 
  • Over 30,043 arrests were made involving these parolees. This number exceeds the number of parolees because some are arrested for multiple crimes.
  • 261 – 1% are low risk offenders
  • 1025 – 5% are very high risk offenders
  • 12,094 – 60% are high risk offenders
  • 6,712 – 34% are medium risk offenders
  • 725 are registered sex offenders
  • 1,397 have been turned over to the federal authorities for deportation
  • 244 are on electronic/GPS monitoring -- which does not prevent or deter crime

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