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Prison Realignment Blamed for Rise in Crime

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on March 7, 2014 · 0 comments

in California Law, Robbery, Theft / Shoplifting

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The city of Lakewood has seen crimes such as forcible rape, aggravated assault, larceny and grand theft auto decrease over the past year, but other crimes are on the rise.

Burglary and robbery rates have been steadily climbing since 2008, which Lakewood Sheriff station Captain Merrill Ladenheim blames on the ongoing prison realignment. The realignment began as a response to a Supreme Court mandate that required California to decrease the prison population. As a result, inmates convicted of non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual crimes like burglary were sent to the county jail to serve out the remainder of their term or simply released.

Ladenheim says his department is constantly arresting the same people for the same crimes, which he says is proof the rise in crime can be attributed to the released inmates. The department has implemented automated license plate-reading programs and a helicopter program to assist officers. However, even with the uptick in these crimes, Ladenheim says Lakewood is a much safer place than in years past.

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