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Friday, March 27, 2015

Around Town: Burglaries may be linked to Prop. 47

La Canada Valley SunThere's been another rash of burglaries in La Cañada, but first, a disclaimer: Around Town is a lifestyle column. Nothing in this column constitutes legal advice.

That said, a few of us were standing outside the Equinox spin studio in Pasadena. A lady from San Marino said that her town had been hit with a rash of home burglaries. A gentleman from La Cañada mentioned the break-ins in La Cañada.

The first question on everyone's lips is, “Why?”

The second is, “How do we prevent it?”

One theory is that the rising crime rate is the direct result of Proposition 47, passed last November, which mandated the resentencing and release of thousands of inmates from our state prisons.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein wrote an op-ed opposing Proposition 47. “Simply put, the reduction in sentences proposed by Proposition 47 would ultimately lead to the release of thousands of dangerous criminals, and a wholesale reclassification of many dangerous felonies as misdemeanors would put the people of California at continued risk going forward,” said Feinstein.

Under Proposition 47, many drug offenses, formerly felonies, have been reclassified as misdemeanors and under AB 109, certain state prisoners were released to the county jails. continue reading...

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