Krupp Files: Cocksure Experteasers promise happy ending

Jan 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Alternatives to Public Safety, Krupp Files, Realignment, Spotlight
Criminals Commit Crimes after being Re-aligned: A Tidal Wave of Mystery

Crime "Experts" promise realignment will put out any time now...

Crime “Experts” promise realignment will put out any time now…

Give us more time and money and we’ll show you what you want to see

Richard Krupp, PhD. |
In the January 10, 2014 article in the Sacramento Bee, The Public Eye: Re-arrest rate unchanged under California prison realignment, several explanations were offered by “experts” for the continued criminal behavior demonstrated by the recently “re-aligned.”

The Sacramento Bee found in an analysis of state data;

  • Sixty percent of parolees released to counties from October 2011 through September 2012 were arrested for new offenses within 12 months of leaving prison, the same rate as a comparable population of parolees managed by the state the year before the law took effect.
  • In realignment’s first year, 16 percent of new arrests for county parolees were for violent crimes, including 41 murders. Most arrests of county parolees were for drug and alcohol crimes and property offenses – 64 percent.

It doesn’t sound as if the “Public Safety Re-Alignment” program has made us safe or sound. Some of the snake oil salesman involved in the packaging and distribution of the re-alignment scam are offering explanations and advice. For the most part these political hacks tell us if we just spend more money for programs, “there will be less crime.” Even though the programs they are peddling have always demonstrated an ability to increase recidivism rates, but not to reduce crime.

According to the Bee article:

  • Matt Cate, executive director of the California State Association of Counties, was secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation when realignment passed. He said the number of offenders with substance abuse problems and mental health issues has been greater than county and state officials expected. He went on to say, “An investment in local treatment is a savings for the state, because fewer people will go back to prison, and all Californians, because there will be less crime.”
  • “The counties will seek additional money through other sources, including the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which will provide an undetermined amount of support for mentally ill and drug addicted parolees, Cate said.”
  • Sacramento County needs more money to improve its rehabilitation programs for offenders, said Chief Probation Officer Lee Seale and Undersheriff Jamie Lewis.
  • Parolees must go to the county’s Day Reporting Centers, where they receive cognitive behavioral therapy, drug treatment and other services.
  • More parolees must receive rehabilitation if Sacramento County is to improve on its 57 percent re-arrest rate for parolees in the first year of realignment, Seale said. “We’re not serving enough people,”

Cate and Seale are two familiar names. I worked with them for a couple of years in CDC before I retired. Both were lawyers, but I don’t recall either of them having experience in corrections or drug treatment when they came to the department. They did however, hire a former inmate/drug addict to replace me as Assistant Secretary, Audits and Compliance. As I recall that didn’t turn out so well.

The current corrections secretary, Jeffery Beard declared, “We need more time, I’m very hopeful.” In his latest state budget Brown called for $81 million to go toward re-entry centers, mental health services and drug treatment for offenders. The proposal, however, depends on the state getting a two-year extension from federal judges handling the prison overcrowding case. Otherwise, Brown plans to spend the money to pay for prison beds.

Governor Brown would be wise to cut through all the hot air spewing from the mouths of so-called “experts” cited in the Sacramento Bee article above. Neither additional time nor money for worthless rehabilitative programs will reduce crime. Spend the money on prison beds. There would have been at least 41 fewer murders if they had been built earlier. The experts can sing the song Safe and Sound by the band Capital Cities. Here are some selected lyrics followed by a music video.

I could lift you up
I could show you what you want to see
And take you where you want to be
You could be my luck
Even if the sky is falling down
I know that we’ll be safe and sound
We’re safe and sound

Even in a hurricane of frowns
I know that we’ll be safe and sound

(Hold your ground)
We’re safe and sound

I could show you love
In a tidal wave of mystery
You’ll still be standing next to me
You could be my luck
Even if we’re six feet underground
I know that we’ll be safe and sound
We’re safe and sound

Safe and sound
Safe and sound
Hold your ground
Safe and sound

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3 Comments to “Krupp Files: Cocksure Experteasers promise happy ending”

  1. BGH13 says:

    AB109 is an absolute joke. Everybody that thought this was a great idea should be ashamed of themselves. I’ve seen high risk sex offenders & hard core gangsters who are on GPS, get convicted of a poo butt crime, get off parole, go to probation & not be supervised. Don’t think that these guys haven’t figured this out either. Parolees are going PAL because nothing can happen to them. A day or two in jail, then back on the run. Agents can’t keep up with the new warrant system & same with ID Warrants. Federal judges should be just as embarrassed of themselves. People get convicted of crimes, go to prison to serve their time & Federal judges are ORDERING the Gov to release them… Makes no sense.

  2. Bob Walsh says:

    Realignment has been moderately successful in one area, it moved the problem from the state onto local government, which I firmly believe was the primary intent. Not fix the problem, not make it better, but move it so the state legislature can say, with some modest level of justification, it isn’t OUR problem, it’s THEIR problem. The crime is still there, it is still impacting real people, but now out political ruling class can tell each other and the media that it really isn’t their problem and it isn’t their fault. Its all BS, but they still believe it, or at least pretend they do, which is close enough for government work.