From the Department Of Stating The Obvious:
The mayor of La Puente said Thursday that a federal mandate to cut the inmate population in California prisons is to blame for a sharp jump in crimes in the city.
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According to Mayor John Solis, sexual assaults are up about 300 percent and assaults with guns and knives up nearly 150 percent citywide since the realignment plan took effect a few months ago.
Under the realignment plan, many non-violent offenders end up in the county system instead of state prison and then get released early because of overcrowding.
Solis believes that makes the perpetrators even bolder.
“I think more crimes are being committed because, ‘Go in for a year, I’ll be out in a week, I’ll take my chances, it’s worth it’,” he said.
There's more at the link.
Yep. If you waste money on paying your prison guards six-figure salaries, sooner or later you're going to have to cut your prison budget somewhere. Since your prison guards have a union that protects their interests, and you can't afford to close already overcrowded facilities, that means the only alternative is to release prisoners early. You, the taxpayer, have to pay those inflated salaries for the prison guards: and because you keep electing politicians who'll pay those salaries rather than fight the union, you're now going to have to deal with the consequences - namely, finding yourself at greater risk of violent crime.
Will California ever learn? Is it, in fact, still possible for California to learn - or is it a lost cause?