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Realignment population creeping up in recent months

Posted: September 17, 2013 7:15 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2013 7:15 p.m.

Almost 40 percent of offenders released under the state prison realignment program have been rearrested at least once, an official said Tuesday.

Speaking in front of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, county Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers said about 38 percent of offenders released as a result of the state’s plan to move prisoners to county jails have later been rearrested.

“A significant portion of them have been rearrested more than once,” Powers said.

Billed as a way to help relieve overcrowding in the state prison system, realignment became law in October 2011, which permits placement of prisoners whose offenses were deemed non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual in nature — so-called “non-non-nons” — in county jails instead of state prisons.

But some have decried the measure, saying it places an undue strain on county resources.

County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, for instance, called realignment a “train wreck” and “a disaster” during his State of the County address earlier this year.

The number of non-non-nons in Los Angeles County jails has crept up in recent months, growing steadily since May to stand at 6,098 as of Sept. 3, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

“The Sheriff’s Department will continue to monitor this in an effort to determine whether this is due to seasonal fluctuations or other causes,” reads a report to the Board of Supervisors.

Powers also said another 1,690 individuals are considered absconders — offenders who have gone missing.

“That is the number of offenders out there that we cannot find as of the end of August,” Powers said.
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