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Sheriff Links California Prison Reduction Law to Ballooning Las Vegas Crime Rate

March 31, 2016  | 

Depopulation in California jails and gang members moving to the Las Vegas Valley might be contributing to the rise in violent crime, according to Metro Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

There’s a “plethora” of reasons why the valley might be experiencing a hike, Lombardo said during an editorial meeting with the Las Vegas Sun, but Metro has had an increase of interactions with California gang members during arrests and investigations.

“That influx is directly related to, I believe, the depopulation of the prison system in California,” he said.

This can be traced back to Proposition 47, a California ballot initiative turned into law November 2014, Lombardo said.

In Southern Nevada, violent crime in Metro Police’s jurisdiction is up about 22% so far this year, according to stats provided by the department.

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Rob @ 3/31/2016 3:51 PM

You think Vegas is bad you should be here in California. It's unreal! In my jurisdiction our violent crime is up 50% and assaults on officers up 1100%. The prison system is bad but in my county the Sheriff's Dept. has failed to add jail space over the last 20 years so when we book one in front they kick one out the back door because of "over crowding." It's only gonna get worse!

kevCopAz @ 4/1/2016 7:18 AM

Here in Phx we have always been a dumping ground for California, criminals illegals whatever. Perhaps we could build a fence between Az and Ca. would be much more effective then a fence between Mexico and Az, at least if you count criminals!. I pity the peace officer in Ca, you are left holding the bag by your crazy liberal politicians and chiefs. I read that a northern California Sheriff wants to allow non citizens to be cops , and there is the movement (already allowed on some local levels) that non-citizens and illegals can vote in local elections! CA is lost, never to return.

RG @ 4/1/2016 10:03 AM

Can't imagine why a criminal would want to go to a huge city who's moto is 'What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas". People carry huge amounts of currency, do things and go places they normally would never do, and most victims will never come back for a trial. HMMMM, wonder why they would go there?

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