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Monday, June 17, 2013

Crime is on the rise in the Inland Empire

Daily BulletinCrime in many Inland Empire cities - from Pomona to Redlands - has shot up in the last year, and some agencies say it's a result of California's Prison Realignment Plan.

"One likely reason for a rise in crime and disorder is that counties and cities, such as Redlands, are seeing the result of the state's (Assembly Bill) 109 prisoner realignment, which is releasing more unsupervised offenders to the cities where local law enforcement is forced to deal with them even as local resources remain scarce," said Redlands police spokesman.

Gov. Jerry Brown's Prison Realignment Plan went into effect on Oct. 1, 2011, as a way of reducing the state's prison population.

A federal three-judge panel ruled the overcrowded conditions in the California prison system was directly contributing to a lack of adequate medical care for inmates.

The realignment plan allowed lower-level incarcerated inmates who were going to be paroled anyway to either be released to county probation departments for supervision or remain with the state parole agency.

The city of Redlands has seen a more than 17 percent jump in Part 1 - or violent - crimes in 2011 and 2012 with the largest increases coming from arson and aggravated assault.

However, Baker said the rise in arson may have to do with better data collection and reporting and better detection of arson due to investigator training and response to incidents, rather than an actual increase in arson. continue reading...

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