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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Should violent criminals go back to prison, instead of county jail?

KCRA 3Crime victims teamed up with two California lawmakers on Monday to try and send violent criminals back to prison, instead of county jail.

Assembly Bill 601 is a revamp of realignment, California’s controversial plan to reduce prison overcrowding to comply with federal court orders.

Realignment has become a hot-button issue in California, where some county jails have no room for parole violators.

Harriet Salarno was at the Capitol on Monday to express her support for AB 601.

Salarno has been an advocate for crime victims ever since her daughter, Katina, an 18-year-old college student, was stalked and killed in Stockton in 1979.

Salarno, the founder of Crime Victims United in Auburn, told KCRA 3, “We’ve been so concerned and so worried about this (realignment) because it’s been nothing but a dumping ground to the counties.”

Realignment is a sensitive issue in San Joaquin County, where convicted felon Jerome Deavila is now charged with murdering his own grandmother in Stockton this past February.

The incident took place just three days after Deavila was released from an overcrowded county jail, following his guilty plea for a parole violation of failing to register as a sex offender. continue reading...

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