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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Crime victim advocates call for repeal of prison realignment

KCRA 3Calling for justice for child victims of crime, advocates from across the country gathered in Rancho Cordova Friday night to demand changes to California's controversial prison realignment plan.

"Instead of calling it prison realignment, they should call it a felon dump," said Marc Klaas, president of Klaas Kids Foundation. Klaas formed the group after his daughter, Polly Klaas, was kidnapped from her Santa Rosa home and killed by a stranger in 1993.

Today, Klaas is highly critical of AB 109, the legislation that created California's prison realignment program. That plan has, in fact, reduced overcrowding by shifting 24,000 inmates from state prisons to county jails.

Marc and Cindy Sconce are grieving the loss of their 12-year-old daughter Courtney, who was abducted near her Rancho Cordova home and killed by a stranger 13 years ago. Both parents were attending a three-day summit in Rancho Cordova, aimed at eliminating crimes against children. The Sconces are also critical of prison realignment.

"I don't think it's working like they planned," Marc Sconce told KCRA 3. "I think it was a feel-good measure, a quick fix and I don't think it panned out."

A KCRA 3 investigation last November revealed that many county jails are full, with no room for sex offenders who cut off an ankle bracelet. The number of GPS violators has jumped by 15 percent since realignment, according to figures released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. continue reading...

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