KESQ — Riverside County law enforcement leaders say the state's AB 109 prison realignment plan and Proposition 47 have resulted in a lot of unintended consequences.
The efforts give shorter jail terms and reduced penalties to criminals who commit some non-violent drug and property crimes.
News Channel 3 hosted the top heads of law enforcement from every community in the Coachella Valley along with the Riverside County Sheriff, the District Attorney and the countys' head of probation.
District Attorney Mike Hestrin said, "I can tell you from my perspective, in Riverside County it's a disaster."
Hestrin wasn't alone in sounding an alarm about the local impacts of AB 109 and Prop 47.
Sheriff Stan Sniff says both laws may work well elsewhere, but not in Riverside County where they are allowing criminals to get away with their crimes repeatedly.
Sniff said, "What we find is the jail system today in Riverside County keeps the worst of the worst in custody, and the best of the worst end up getting released." continue reading...