California Prison Reform may have lead to an Increase in crime
Assembly Bill 109 (AB 109) has transferred 60,000 felony parole violators a year from state prison to county control. The measure saved California $100 million, but it has caused lots of problems. Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper believes AB 109 contributed to the death of Whittier police officer Keith Boyer earlier this year. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors blamed Prop. 47, along with AB 109, for creating “additional and considerable” threats to law enforcement. Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology at the University of California-Irvine, claims AB 109 did contribute to a rise in property crimes, with the most dramatic increase in auto thefts. According to an analysis of FBI data by the Public Policy Institute of California, some places, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other cities throughout Southern California, saw double digit percent increases in violent crimes in 2016. These bad laws need to go so that the public safety of our communities is not further compromised.
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