Krupp Files: Deconstructing Corrections

Aug 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Alternatives to Public Safety, Crime and Non-Punishment, Krupp Files, Prisons & Confinement, Sex Offenders, Spotlight

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5 Comments to “Krupp Files: Deconstructing Corrections”

  1. Howie Katz says:

    Dr. Krupp, it must have escaped your mind, but I have an explanation for the pie-in-the-sky context of the blue print. It was put together by people stoned on medical marijuana.

  2. kl2008a says:

    Maybe someone can put a video montage together of newsclips about realignment inmates crimes and what has been going on with CDC and have The Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” song playing in the background.

  3. Bob Walsh says:

    As usual, another excellent piece from Dr. Krupp. As he points out the document in question defies traditional analysis because it defies real logic. It is sort of like a very long mathematical equation with the phrase “then a miracle happens here” in the middle of it, to explain how you get from “once upon a time” to “they lived happily ever after.”

    Anybody who believes that “realignment” has anything to do with public safety or moving the crime and recidivism problem closer to the local officials who can more effectively deal with it is deluded. The whole reason for this program’s existence is to move the problem from the state’s baliwick. It was pushed by academics who have no real world experience and bought into by liberal administrators and politicians who so desperately WANT to believe in unicorns and magic pixie dust that they in fact DO believe. When it fails miserably, which it certainly will, they will do what liberals always do and blame lack of funding and unforeseen circumstances. They will tell a gullible media and fellow true believers that if they only had more time and even more money their ideas would work, and unicorns will magically appear and everything will be sweetness and light.

    However, it doesn’t matter. Being a good liberal means how you FEEL about what you have done is what is important. Outcomes are irrelevant.

  4. Gadfly says:

    One of the most eye-opening realities (when I worked as a police detective in the 1990’s) was working with the County of San Bernardino Probation Department. At that time, the majority of convicted felons on probation were assigned to what was affectionately known as the “Bank.” The bank was located in downtown area of the City of San Bernardino. After being placed on felony probation, those convicted felons were assigned to sturdy manila file folders, where those folders were monitored eight hours a day, excluding weekends and holidays. Approximately 500 to 600 file-folder felons were assigned to one “seasoned” probation officer who, if a report was received from any law enforcement agency, court jurisdiction, or coroner’s office, would take action (if the probationer was in custody—by filing paperwork with to the court) according to the nature of the violation per department policy.

    In most cases, those “Bank” probationers were obligated by their agreements with the court to not break the law EVER again. (Sounds scary in this context does it not?). If a probationer managed to avoid drawing the attention of law enforcement and their bank monitor, then probation was deemed a success. Imagine being a non-violent convicted felon in San Bernardino County merely monitored from a file drawer. This ranked among the most feared punishments in all of Southern California and eventually led to many banked felons disappearing from the radar of probation supervision.

    I must confess that I upset the apple cart with the felon-bank more than a few times with my investigations. I do not fault the Probation department for the system. I fault the system that never had enough funding for the Probation Department to adequately supervise those felons. In the County pecking order of priorities, Probation was the poor step-child who always was left with financial crumbs and given the lion’s share of the court caseload.

    I can only imagine what is happening within a traditionally ill-funded San Bernardino County Probation Department in 2012 with the loving ass(istance) of Jerry Brown’s realignment.

    • Howie Katz says:

      Greg, that ‘bank’ of felony probationer file folders is another method used in the administration of ‘paper probation.’