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Has realignment caused a spike in property crimes?

Inmates at Chino State Prison exercise in the yard.
Inmates at Chino State Prison exercise in the yard.
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In 2011, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109, which was called “realignment” and was designed to help reduce costs, ease overcrowding, and close the revolving door of low-level inmates cycling in and out of state prisons, which for a long time have been far beyond capacity. Offenders are ending up back on the street faster than before, and watchers of this phenomenon are wondering if realignment isn’t to blame. Could this attempt to lessen our prison population be putting a strain on police departments and local communities?


Frank Stoltze, KPCC Crime and Politics Reporter

Tyler Izen
, president, Los Angeles Police Protective League