Realignment worsens woes for CA county jails

Realignment worsens woes for CA county jails

prisons, wolverton, cagle, April 29, 2014Pushed by the courts to thin out California’s state prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown has imposed a cascade of burdens on the county jails required to receive waves of inmates.

The latest of these has caused extra heartburn for county sheriffs — a sharp uptick in illegal drug use and trafficking. While the state of California struggles to pass judicial scrutiny, the big decreases in sentencing and prison time authorized by Proposition 47 have gone into effect.

“Judges expect that tens of thousands of Californians may seek to have their felony convictions reduced,” reported the Los Angeles Times. “Courts have had to scramble to handle the surge in workload, and some agencies are planning to ask for more public funding to cover the added duties.” In Long Beach, said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert, the changes have approached “the point of absurdity.” In Humboldt County, claimed ABC Channel 23, Prop. 47 created “havoc on the streets.”

Against that uneasy backdrop, criminals and wrongdoers involved in the illicit drug trade have begun gaming the system to appease judges, using technicalities and loopholes to supply the growing inmate and gang demand for hard drugs.

Unintended consequences

Earlier in the year it had become clear that many local jails were unprepared to handle the volume of incarcerated felons directed their way from state prisons by Brown’s “realignment” program. The Legislature passed some prison reforms, but these sometimes addressed challenges at the relative margins of the realignment problem.

In one instance, legislators sent to Brown a bill, AB966, that would eventually give free condoms to state prison inmates. Sexual activity in prison is not permitted by law, but HIV and AIDS have spread anyway. AB966, known as the Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act, tasked the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation “to develop and institute a five-year plan to make the prophylactics available in all 34 麻将牌 of its adult prison facilities,” as UPI reported.

Now, county sheriffs have raised the alarm over the way drugs have widened the scope of realignment’s unintended consequences. In an Associated Press report, officials went on record that, in addition to bringing “tougher inmates to jails,” realignment has created an opportunity for offenders to use jails as a revolving door for the drug trade.

The culprit is “a provision allowing parole violators to serve 10 days in the local jail instead of months in prison.” This rule, dubbed “flash incarceration,” was “intended to give authorities a way to avoid sending parolees back to state prisons.” But, as AP reported, it has been “used by some offenders to bring drugs, hidden inside their bodies, into county jails,” according to state sheriffs’ offices.

A shifting target

Some uncertainty has arisen as to how the abuse is to be properly measured. While Adam Christianson, president of the California State Sheriff’s Association, called the drug spike a veritable “freight train,” AP noted counties could have an interest in playing up realignment’s adverse and unintended consequences, whether out of a desire for increased funding or decreased responsibility for adapting poorly to the state’s halting reforms.

Nevertheless, California officials cannot get around the fact that realignment has caused more unlawful activity, on pace to grow unless regulations change. Reform advocates had expressed enthusiasm last month that the Golden State had begun to turn the tide on incarceration, with voters approving Prop. 47’s downgrade of nonviolent felonies, including drug possession, to misdemeanors.

“As many as 10,000 people could be eligible for early release from state prisons, and it’s expected that courts will annually dispense around 40,000 fewer felony convictions,” observed Matt Sledge at the Huffington Post, in a report characterizing Prop. 47 as a blow to prisons and the drug war.

Rather than a clear-cut victory against an out-of-control incarceration regime, however, California’s conflicting and competing criminal justice reforms could better be described as a policy target that keeps shifting in uncomfortable ways.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, the judiciary has kept the pressure on state officials to push even more felons out from behind bars. Federal judges gave the state until the new year to roll out parole hearings for second-time felons who have served half their prison time.

Policies set in motion by Brown designed to satisfy the courts “cut California’s prison population by 1,000 inmates,” the Times cautioned, “meeting short-term goals even though state projections show inmate numbers will continue to rise.”

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  1. Timberrrrrr......
    Timberrrrrr...... 3 December, 2014, 19:09

    Hey, it’s long overdue. America has by far the largest per capita prison population in the world. We’ve made a massive business out of incarcerating people. For every 100,000 in population 707 are jailed in the United States. 2nd place? Virgin Islands. 535. No joke. Go look for yourself. There’s no excuse for that. That stat doesn’t represent freedom. That’s for darn sure. Let them realign the prison population to the mountain tops. Let’s stop passing a 1000 new laws in California each year too. How’s that for a concept?

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  2. T Mind of Ted Your God
    T Mind of Ted Your God 3 December, 2014, 22:25

    The problem with P 47 is this—

    while it’s good that low level felony guys are being released– these are lightweight crimes– petty theft, straight dope pos. of heroin etc….

    The bad thing is that these guys often have SUPER heavy violent rap sheets—— while the current crime is light, the history is more than heavy often—— the courts are almost powerless to keep the guys in given p47 language currently, Soon enough one of these felons will kill someone within a few days of release– the murder/other crime would not have happened if the guy was in–

    This is a classic example that we suffer from an insane initiative process.

    Legislation needs to happen to disqualify more felons from relief under PC section 1170 et seq….Overall I think reallignment is a good thing– but prop 47 needs legislation to disqualify anyone with a serious rap sheet…..

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 4 December, 2014, 09:21

      The problem is as stated by Timerrrrr, with added input form RAGWUS feeders like TCS that feed off of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). 🙂

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 4 December, 2014, 07:43

    The bad thing is that these guys often have SUPER heavy violent rap sheets—— while the current crime is light, the history is more than heavy often—— the courts are almost powerless to keep the guys in given p47 language currently, Soon enough one of these felons will kill someone…”

    The sky is falling…THE SKY IS FALING.

    Is there ANYTHING this clown is NOT an expert in?

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  4. Timberrrrrr......
    Timberrrrrr...... 4 December, 2014, 09:21

    Did you happen watch on video what that NYPD oinker did to Eric Garner? Now that there was an unlawful homicide. Choked him out and cut off the blood supply to his brain. Then a grand jury cut him loose. This one should be Michael Brown X 10. Garner was sure a dangerous criminal, wasn’t he? Selling cigarettes on the street. Wow. He must have been on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. The dirty liberal politicians in NYC tax the cigarettes to the point that they cost $15 a pack. And when poor people start selling singles to their friends that the purchased in New Jersey at half the price to make a little spending money – the oinkers go after them instead of the heroin dealers. And then you get more unintended consequences. Stupid is as stupid does. No wonder the jails are packed and this country’s being ripped apart at the seams.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 4 December, 2014, 09:29

      Been going on for years Timberrr. It just so happens that social media is now covering these murders by the state and preserving their content for all to see in good time. This process is going to change the way police interact with unarmed citizens as more citizens see these videos. LE is full of aggressive sociopaths seeking to feed that itch in their mind to hurt others with impunity, it’s time for more of these killers to be put away making the public is safe from their kind. 🙂

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      • Timberrrrrr......
        Timberrrrrr...... 4 December, 2014, 09:53

        It’s not just the cops though, donkey. It’s the politicians who give the cops their instructions. I said long ago that the $15 dollars a pack for smokes in NYC was going to have unintended consequences. Well, here we are. They jack up the price per pack to $15 and the black market emerges. Poor people buy smokes in New Jersey for half the price and then sell singles on the streets to make a buck. The pols tell the cops – go stop them – taking the cops away from much more important work. Then some little macho oinker trying to prove that he’s a tough guy to his senior oinkers uses an unlawful choke hold and snuffs the life out of a man who really wasn’t even resisting as he was going to the ground. And all for selling smokes on the street. Nuts. Absolutely pathetic. But that oinker needs to pay for what he did. For him to live the rest of his life in freedom just makes me want to vomit.

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 4 December, 2014, 11:10

          Timberrrr, I understand where you are coming from, but I know that most politicians are put in office by the public safety unions because most citizens believe if a politician is backed by the PS RAGWUS then they are concerned about the citizens, which is as it turns out is completely false. These politicians are giving the taxpayers money away to these PS unions and we are getting dead Americans, lots of prisoners, and debt in return. 🙂

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          • Timberrrrrr......
            Timberrrrrr...... 4 December, 2014, 11:31

            The cops back in the old days had half the training as they do now and worked with much less effective equipment, yet were by far better cops. The punks they hire today go straight for the gun when they get into a little trouble. Oh, and women cops don’t belong on the street. Either they overreact or don’t react at all. They get themselves in a pickle and a male cop has to put himself at risk to save them. And no. I’m not a misogynist. I’m married to a woman. Women are better than men in some occupations. Policing is not one of them. A big problem is that many of the police hires got the job based on an inside connection – but they aren’t suited for the job mentally or psychologically. I would bet a dollar to a donut that the little punk NYPD cop who choked out Eric Garner was a connection hire. He looked to me like a real loser.

          • Donkey
            Donkey 4 December, 2014, 13:25

            I agree totally with your words on this Timberrr.

            The failure of todays cops to handle situations without murdering a citizen started with the nuts running the LAPD and the power of PS unions codifying all its policies into law, most of which are in conflict with the Bill of Rights. When Daryl Gates killed the 3 year old kid standing behind his front door with his Humvee battering ram I-Beam and blamed the parents for having a “police proof door” I knew citizens were just cannon fodder for these RAGWUS bums. 🙂

          • T Mind of Ted Your God
            T Mind of Ted Your God 4 December, 2014, 13:53

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            troll city

    • NTHEOC
      NTHEOC 4 December, 2014, 14:59

      It wasn’t the police officers choke hold that killed Mr garner, it was his 380lb body frame! 99.9% of people do not die from choke holds, otherwise the MMA would be full of deaths on a daily basis. Nationwide, the majority of lawful people support their public safety employees and this has been shown by the recent and past grand jury decisions. Btw, why didn’t Mr garner just comply with the officers,why does he continue to BREAK the law and have a long rap sheet, why was he shouting and acting like a mad man to the officers? Again with a little common sense this could have been avoided!!!

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      • Timberrrrrr......
        Timberrrrrr...... 4 December, 2014, 17:22

        Go read the autopsy report. Your opinion is one thing. The medical examiner’s report is quite another. Your opinion is good entertainment. His is fact, based on science. And IMO anyone who watched that video and sides with the cop has the propensity to be a fascist tyrant. I watched that video 3 times back-to-back and used stop action. My eyes don’t lie. The Michael Brown case was a wobbler. And I fully concurred that there was a ton of reasonable doubt. I am an honest and fair man. I refuse to hang another human based on the color of his skin or the uniform he wears to work in the morning. This one? It was murder. Cut and dried. Mr. Garner was murdered. And the culprit should pay. And I support the protests.

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        • NTHEOC
          NTHEOC 4 December, 2014, 18:12

          Sorry timber, but don’t let reason and facts get in your way!!! I guess you know more about all these cases than the Multi cultural grand jury’s that are given all the facts.

          1. There is no doubt that Garner was resisting an arrest for illegally selling untaxed cigarettes. If Eric Garner did not resist arrest, the outcome of this case would have been very different, He wouldn’t be dead today!
          Regardless of what the arrest was for, the officers don’t have the ability to say, Well, this is a minor arrest, so we’re just going to ignore you.
          2. The video of the July 17 incident clearly shows Garner, an African-American, swatting away the arms of a white officer seeking to take him into custody, telling him: “Don’t touch me!”
          3. Garner, 43, had history of more than 30 arrests dating back to 1980, on charges including assault and grand larceny.
          4. At the time of his death, Garner was out on bail after being charged with illegally selling cigarettes, driving without a license, marijuana possession and false impersonation.
          5. The chokehold that Patrolman Daniel Pantaleo put on Garner was reported to have contributed to his death. But Garner, who was 6-foot-3 and weighed 350 pounds, suffered from a number of health problems, including heart disease, severe asthma, diabetes, obesity, and sleep apnea.
          6. Garner did not die at the scene of the confrontation. He suffered cardiac arrest in the ambulance taking him to the hospital and was pronounced dead about an hour later.
          7. Much has been made of the fact that the use of chokeholds by police is prohibited in New York City. But officers reportedly still use them. Between 2009 and mid-2014, the Civilian Complaint Review Board received 1,128 chokehold allegations.
          8. The grand jury began hearing the case on Sept. 29 and did not reach a decision until Wednesday, so there is much testimony that was presented that has not been made public.
          9. The 23-member grand jury included nine non-white jurors.
          10. In order to find Officer Pantaleo criminally negligent, the grand jury would have had to determine that he knew there was a “substantial risk” that Garner would have died due to the takedown.
          11. Less than a month after Garner’s death, Ramsey Orta, who shot the much-viewed videotape of the encounter, was indicted on weapons charges. Police alleged that Orta had slipped a .25-caliber handgun into a teenage accomplice’s waistband outside a New York deli.

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          • Timberrrrrr......
            Timberrrrrr...... 4 December, 2014, 18:41

            1. I concur Garner initially resisted arrest. But to be totally honest, what do politicians expect to happen when so many taxes are added to cigarettes that a packs costs $15? Black markets emerge. So now the cops are going to take their focus off heroin dealers and put it on poor people like Garner selling single cigarettes on the street? Any half-way intelligent person would see the absurdity of it and shake his head. And now we have a man literally murdered over it by the cops.
            2. After the SWARM of cops grab Garner and take him to the ground all resistance ended – even before the cop put him into an ILLEGAL choke hold. Yes, the chokehold was, in fact, ILLEGAL in NYC. For that alone the cop should be prosecuted. It would be like a citizen using a set of brass knuckles in a fist fight. Very ILLEGAL. And if you’re honest, you will concur.
            3. It makes no difference how many time Garner had been arrested. It’s totally irrelevant. The only thing relevant is how the police handled his arrest that caused his death. And the videotape clearly shows that the police acted UNREASONABLY and ILLEGALLY! Choke holds are ILLEGAL!!!
            4. The autopsy performed by a licensed medical examiner in the State of New York determined that the choke hold was a DIRECT CAUSE of Garner’s death. A lack of oxygen to the brain. That cop murdered him. He kept pressure on the carotid artery for such an extended period that it caused Garner’s death. Not my opinion. A fact determined by the medical examiner. Again, his statement trumps your opinion by 1,000,000 times.
            5. It doesn’t matter how long it took Garner to die. The fact is that reckless cop caused his death. That’s all that matters. If a burglar shoots a homeowner and it takes the homeower a week to die, that burglar still murdered him. So please, stop the diversions.
            6. IMO access to every little detail that the Grand Jury heard is not necessary to draw a reasonable and rational conclusion here. All one needs to do is view the death video. That, in conjunction with the medical examiner’s report, gives us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. All the diverions you mentioned are only intended to sidetrack the ignorant. Intelligent people don’t buy your hogwash. Sorry.
            7. The color of the Grand Jurors is irrelevant. The only relevant fact is that Mr. Garner was killed by an illegal choke hold perpetrated by a cop. The video, in conjunction with the autopsy report, tells us what we need to know.
            8. The only thing the Grand Jury had to do was find ‘probable cause’ that the reckless cop acted illegally, thus causing Garner’s death. The choke hold was illegal. Consequently, there was more than ample evidence to indict. The GJ was rigged to whitewash the case. To exonnerate a reckless oinker who acted illegally. And that’s exactly what happened. You have no clue about what you’re discussing, NTHEOC.
            9. Oh my God. It matters not one scintilla who videoed the brutal actions of that reckless oinker. It’s matters not if the devil himself did it. The video speaks for itself. Why would you even go there? Out of desperation??? 😀

          • NTHEOC
            NTHEOC 4 December, 2014, 19:05

            Well it’s to bad Mr garner couldn’t have just turned around and put his hands behind his back instead of striking the officers arm and then going berzerk. I’m not a cop but I imagine it’s hard to take down a 6’5 350 pound man who wants to fight you. I am actually more upset about the idiot FDNY paramedic who first arrived on scene and did nothing!! I mean she could not even recognize that the guy was struggling to breath, one of the first things to check! I wonder if this paramedic had a clue and properly ventilated Mr garner with some oxygen and treated him in a timely manner, if he would have lived. She appeared very incompetent in my opinion.

          • Donkey
            Donkey 4 December, 2014, 21:36

            Ntheoc, in the RAGWUS order of stupidity the police rate higher at the scene and they determine when a detained person will receive any medical attention. You should know that being a second class FF to the cops. 🙂

          • NTHEOC
            NTHEOC 4 December, 2014, 21:53

            Donkey, there is video of a female FDNY medic that was called in to help Mr garner, as he is laying on the ground she assessed him and did nothing! You have no clue what your talking about you MORON

          • Timberrrrrr......
            Timberrrrrr...... 4 December, 2014, 22:06

            Don’t be an idiot, NTHEOC. It was 12 armed oinkers on one very fat sickly black man. So stop with the dramatics. Cops are supposed to be trained to take down a resister without killing him. That’s supposedly the reason we pay them like they’re medical doctors. But the reckless oinker murdered Garner using an illegal and prohibited tactic. Just as if some guy with brass knuckles punched a man and killed him. That’s called murder. The Grand Jury got this one wrong. IMO it had to be rigged. Normally prosecutors chomp at the bit to take a case before a GJ because it’s so darn easy to get a ‘true bill’. It’s no coincidence that both cops walked in the Brown and Garner cases. It was fixed from the get-go IMO. Go ask any prosecutor how many times he’s seen ‘no true bill’ come back from a GJ. He’ll have to go into deep thought to remember one. Garner was gasping for breath and complaining that he couldn’t breath as the cop kept that choke hold on. that cops needs to go to prison. I think the Feds will be forced into it. Otherwise I think all hell’s going to break loose. Oh, and don’t blame the paramedic. Blame the cop. The paramedic didn’t use an illegal and prohibited choke hold. The fascist oinker did. I ever watch Anne Coulter on CNN tonight. She’s the biggest cop lover around. Even she thought the GJ got it wrong. And she told the truth. She said that the cops were being tax collectors by going after Garner for selling cigarettes on the street where a pack costs $15. The government creates a black market then kills folks who sell singles to make a few extra bucks because the City is losing tax dollars! The cops love to enforce it because those taxes help pay their six figure pensions at age 55. I sense that may be the reason you like it too, NTHEOC. People often have secret motives behind their opinons! 🙂

          • Timberrrrrr......
            Timberrrrrr...... 5 December, 2014, 00:19

            OK, I did more research on the chokehold. I’ve read and heard many accounts that it’s illegal to use the chokehold in NYC. But apparently it is NOT ‘illegal’ per se, but it has been banned by NYPD for use by NYPD cops. SO NYPD cops are forbidden by policy to use it. And the Grand Jury should have taken great interest in that fact. However, death by strangulation is certainly illegal and no doubt falls under criminal statutes. And there is no doubt that Mr. Garner was a victim of strangulation. The medical examiner’s report confirms that. It matters not if a victim had asthma, a pre-existing heart condition, an aneurysm, etc… at the time the chokehold was applied. If the chokehold precipitated the fatal event (ie. heart attack, etc…) then the perpetrator is responsible for the death. Period. I have heard so many BS stories about Garner being responsible for his own death. That is so stupid it burns!!!!!

          • Donkey
            Donkey 5 December, 2014, 07:24

            I do know what I and writing about ntheoc. FF’s and second class to cops at any scene. You can go to youtube and see cops arresting FF for doing their jobs because the cop has other plans at the time.

            Your problem is you are a RAGWUS feeder and bow to all things statist. 🙂

  5. T Mind of Ted Your God
    T Mind of Ted Your God 4 December, 2014, 09:42

    Hurry Doomers –post NOW!!!

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  6. Wolfman
    Wolfman 4 December, 2014, 11:01

    it is also hard to get in the police academy in America but the problem is what happens when you get out and over the long term as some American cops get so fat they can’t even run not to mention long term job burnout this is why we need national annual certification for all law enforcement personal as they have control over your life and death. I also know this idea will be met with great resistance from police unions because we all know it’s true. Thank You,

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  7. Timberrrrrr......
    Timberrrrrr...... 4 December, 2014, 11:51

    “it is also hard to get in the police academy in America….”

    Not if you have an inside connection it’s not. It’s as easy as 1..2..3.

    I agree that they should require certification annually. If you’re 25% over your ideal body weight – you’re gone. If you get more than 8 citizen complaints in a year? Gone. DUI? Gone. Domestic violence? Gone. Mandatory dope test (random) once a year. Test positive? Gone. Covering for a bad cop? Gone. Lie on a report? Gone. Lie in court? Gone. Use your position to intimidate a civilian in your personal life? Gone. Sleeping on shift? Gone. Fudging on expense reports? Gone. Lying on loan applications? Gone. Driving a police vehicle for personal business? Gone. Socializing with informants? Gone. Having a sexual relationship with a subordinate? Gone. Those would be just a few of my rules if I were a chief of police.

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  8. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 4 December, 2014, 15:01

    This never gets old!!!
    http://youtu.be/QR465HoCWFQ

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    • Timberrrrrr......
      Timberrrrrr...... 4 December, 2014, 17:31

      This is America, NTHEOC. It’s not supposed to be run like we’re under a Nazi regime. Apparently you believe that reckless cops should be able to kill citizens at will and not suffer any retribution. That’s really sad. Opinions like yours could turn America into a Stalinistic state where civil liberties mean nothing. Well, now we’ll hear the protesters speak. And I support them. Let’s see who speaks the loudest. The protesters or your ilk. 🙂

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