The murder of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer, whose killer was free on the streets because of the limited sanction measures invented by AB 109, has led to legislation such as
. That bill seeks to ensure probation departments know the full criminal history of the parolees they supervise and limits when "intermediate sanctions" such as 10-day "flash incarcerations" can be imposed for parole violators. AB 1408 was just approved 78-0 by the State Senate and is on its way to the governor. Calls for changes are occurring on other levels, whether it be the
League of California Cities
considering various measures or the
L.A. County Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Safety
, which will examine how various criminal justice "reform" measures have affected the county.
is full of fact free claims, such as the assertion local probation departments are best suited to supervise and sanction parole violators. We have to wonder if the
looked at the L.A. County Probation Department's "
" list. The list is chock full of parole absconders who the department notes AB 109 forces it to try to locate and then supervise.
The murders of Officer Boyer and Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Robert French at the hands of parolees, supervised by probation departments and free on the streets thanks to AB 109's changes in parole, prove the
falsity of the Times' statement
The recent "reform" measures have one common goal; to reduce, if not eliminate, jail or prison as a sanction for criminally victimizing others. Proponents of these measures know that the public would not accept them if the blunt truth were the sales pitch, which is why these measures were sold to the public with
deliberately misleading statements
on who and what they affected.
It is simply common sense, not emotion, which drives our efforts and those of others to propose changes which will reverse the harm caused by these measures.