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UPDATE: Antonovich rails against prison realignment

Adds that felon was released in Los Angeles city

Posted: November 29, 2011 1:28 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2011 4:13 p.m.


Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said he wants the state to stop dumping violent offenders in Los Angeles County.

Speaking against state law AB 109 at Tuesday’s Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting, Antonovich called the recently enacted law “reckless.”

It “is not the way you make the state a better place — by turning loose all these idiots, violent criminals, in our neighborhoods.

“If you were a governor, you would have to call a special session to say ‘I made a mistake. We have to correct this.’

“It’s very frustrating,” he said.

In April, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 109 — the public-safety realignment bill — which went into effect Oct. 1.

The bill shifts responsibility for nonviolent convicted felons and parolee supervision from the state prison system to county resources.

Critics allege it transfers the state’s legal obligation to already overcrowded local jails and already overworked law enforcement agencies — without fully paying for the increased burden.

Some, including Antonovich, have also questioned whether the felons being transferred to county care are actually nonviolent.

Before Tuesday’s session got under way, Antonovich issued a news release expressing his frustration over a state ruling that allowed “a violent, severely mentally ill inmate” to be transferred from state care to a Los Angeles County residential facility and be referred for voluntary outpatient treatment.

“Gov. Brown’s reckless realignment policy has resulted in this stupid ruling releasing a violent career criminal whose arrests include rape in concert with force and violence to a local neighborhood — posing a significant risk to public safety,” said Antonovich.

The man was released to a residential care facility in in the city of Los Angeles.

Last month, the board approved his motion requesting all legal options be used by the county, including legislative change, to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

On Tuesday, Antonovich asked County Counsel what legal action the board can take to challenge the hearing officer’s ruling and for the county Probation Department to take additional proactive steps to mandate treatment services and increase monitoring of the parolee.

“We don’t have enough probation officers and law enforcement to do the one-on-one surveillance on that individual,” he told the board. “And we’re going to end up with a spike in crime, innocent people being victimized by an inept state that put a policy in place that endangers every neighborhood in this entire state.”




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