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State Prisoner Release Program Stresses LAPD Resources

August 20, 2013  | 

California's controversial push to relieve severe prison overcrowding has resulted in the Los Angeles Police Department taking dozens of officers away from regular patrol duties in order to monitor ex-convicts, according to a department report.

Since state officials implemented the prison measures in late 2011, the LAPD has had between 160 to 170 officers assigned full time to units responsible for keeping tabs on thousands of felons who are living in Los Angeles after their release from prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. Before the new rules went into effect, the felons would have been supervised by state parole officers.

The report, which was requested by the City Council's Public Safety Committee and is scheduled to be discussed by the Police Commission on Tuesday, estimated the department will spend about $18 million of its payroll and equipment budget on these officers in the current fiscal year.

The tally brings into sharp focus the considerable added strain the state's so-called prison realignment plan has had on the LAPD, which generally is considered to have too few officers to adequately patrol the sprawling city.

Tags: LAPD, Prison Overcrowding, Prisoner Release, Prisoner Monitoring


Comments (5)

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plato's playdough @ 8/21/2013 3:16 AM

Great idea. More opportunities for further litigation, which will siphon additional revenue for the court system, from taxpayer voluntary contributions. Perhaps successful rehabilitation is more than just a dream.

plato's playdough @ 8/21/2013 3:28 AM

support for my remark - http://www.policemag.com/blog/careers/story/2013/08/the-end-of-professional-policing.aspx?utm_campaign=OnTarget-Tuesday-20130820&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter

maddog 81 mm @ 8/21/2013 7:19 AM

Kalifornicatia , I believe has reached maximum overload, with the release of all their bad actors , back into society !! What I worry about is , the spilling over of these thugs into adjoining states !!! What kind of rehabilitation was offered these idiots, or are they going to be repeaters , and recidivists ? Just imagine the potential , murders , and other mayhem these people can cause !! Good luck , Kalifornicatia , and those states on your borders !!!

Bob @ VA @ 8/21/2013 7:50 AM

<sarcasm>No worries. Just about every useful firearm for personal defense has or is being outlawed in CA. Potential victims cannot even open carry unloaded firearms anymore. So, CA subjects should be perfectly safe. Nothing to see here.</sarcasm>

CA Cop @ 8/22/2013 8:08 AM

I'm ready for it. I took my M4 out of my car, and is in my bedroom now. Taking the wife to the range for fam training. When the POS hears the bolt drop, and sees the red dot on center mass... Lock and load

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