The L.A. police union isn't happy with the state's handling of a U.S. Supreme Court order to reduce the prison population by about 33,000.
Already reports indicate that California could miss a court deadline for kicking off the reductions unless the state legislature comes up with cash so that inmates can be sent to localities such as the L.A. County jail system.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League late Tuesday said this about the planned transfer to local lockups:
It seems like a triple witching hour for public safety in California. Instead of fixing the serious problems at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the state is giving up and dumping the parole supervision crisis on local governments.
The LAPPL states that L.A. County could eventually see about 11,000 prisoners currently behind state bars:
Now, the state budget being hammered out in Sacramento will shift the responsibility of housing inmates and monitoring parolees to local governments.
Already, Los Angeles County cities are bracing for an influx of over 11,000 parolees, with the majority likely to land in Los Angeles.
A budget plan by Gov. Jerry Brown would extend and increase some taxes, money that would be needed to facilitate the transfer. But there's little indication the members legislature, particularly Republications, are going to get behind the gov. So the prisoner move to local jails is in doubt for now.
Legislators have about a week to get it together and pass a budget.
The LAPPL meanwhile says the “state continues to shirk its responsibilities and neglect the well-documented mess at CDCR.”