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Police chiefs want a piece of prison realignment funding

Prison Realignment

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North Hollywood Police Department's Probation Compliance Unit is currently monitoring about 110 former prisoners throughout the district. On August 21, 2012, the Unit traveled as a team of five - one sergeant, and three police officers, and another officer from the LA County Dept. of Probation.

Police chiefs in L.A. County say they bear much of the brunt of prison realignment without reaping any of the resources.

Almost $400 million has flowed into L.A. County in two years under AB 109. That law shifted responsibility for lower level offenders and parolees to the counties. None of it, at least in L.A. County, has gone to city police departments.

"That is your infantry that's keeping the cities safe, every day, 24 hours" said El Monte Mayor Juventino Gomez, who's also president of the Independent Cities Association. "But an infantry will never win without the right equipment, without the right funding." 

State Finance Department spokesman H.D. Palmer said the whole point of realignment was to give money to the counties and let them sort out how to best use it based on local needs.