AP report pins jail assault spike on realignment

Nov 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Realignment, Spotlight

Bad actors act out in jails, as expected

As frequently noted on PacoVilla, jails simply were not designed to handle violent felons for extended terms.  Woe unto Otis.

Jails simply were not designed to handle violent felons for extended terms.  Woe unto Otis.

AP Exclusive: Calif jail violence rises on reforms

DON THOMPSON (AP) | Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — County jails that account for the vast majority of local inmates in California have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.

Many of the 10 counties that account for 70 percent of California’s total jail population have experienced a surge in the number of inmate fights and attacks on jail employees, according to assault records requested by The Associated Press.

The spike corresponds to a law championed by Gov. Jerry Brown in which lower-level offenders are sentenced to county jails instead of state prisons. Some jails have seen violence dip, but the trend is toward more assaults since the law took effect on Oct. 1, 2011…

Nearly 2,000 more jail inmates were assaulted by other inmates in the first year after the realignment law took effect, up about one-third over the previous year, the figures compiled by the AP show. Attacks on jail employees increased by 165 during the same period.

A rise in the level of violence in jails was likely to be inevitable under the law because of the higher number of additional felons being sentenced to counties…(Full text at Sacramento Bee)

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2 Comments to “AP report pins jail assault spike on realignment”

  1. Richard Krupp says:

    How could anyone have guessed that bad people end up in prison and that they do bad things no matter where they are? Politicians and academicians were completely surprised. Only the nice criminals were supposed to be realigned. How disappointing.

    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

  2. Bob Walsh says:

    Isn’t it strange how the actual professionals (as opposed to academic idiots and legislators) in the field predicted this would happen, and it did. Far be it from me to suggest that maybe the people who set policy should, at least on occasion, listed to line staff, but, WE FREAKING TOLD YOU SO.