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Antonovich: Sending state felons to county jails is a citizen nightmare

Posted: May 14, 2010 4:34 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2010 12:15 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY - "The chutzpah of the governor proposing to release state felons to serve their sentence of three years or less in county jails threatens public safety and adds additional costs to local taxpayers," said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich today.

"Opening the prison gates is a dream come true for the ACLU -- but threatens local government's ability to preserve public safety.

"The governor's proposal reimburses counties less than 50 percent of the housing costs and further jams local taxpayers for full in-custody medical costs and supervision once they are released from jail.

"What Sacramento bean counters have never figured out is the fact that county jails are not designed to house state felons nor are there enough beds for both state and local inmates -- as a result, compromising the safety of our communities.

"In January, the governor signed a law that undermines local public safety by allowing so-called ‘non-violent or low level offenders' to be free of any parole supervision, including zero consequences for violating terms of parole. As a result, our sheriff and other local law enforcement agencies are forced to assume the role of parole agents.

"With more than 100 major businesses taking their jobs to other states, and with California just receiving the 'Booby Prize' by 600 CEOs for excessive taxes and for being anti-jobs, this action continues the demise of the once great Golden State."

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