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article imageOp-Ed: California's prisoner release continues to fail

By Gar Swaffar     Apr 14, 2012 in Crime
AB 109 is an abject and utter failure, it provides for the release of prisoners from State prisons and returns them to their respective county of origin. It has failed again
California passed AB109 to meet the mandate of the Supreme Court of the US. This has been nothing but a disaster from the beginning, previously released prisoner Kevin Duey was the first to run amok and as a result he died. No other lives were lost, only because of the action of a Calaveras County Sheriff's timely intervention.
Next was Jakob Main and his use of, plus intent to sell methamphetamine after his release from prison. And now, again, Eric Sosa is the latest to fail to live up to the expectations of the court system.
Sosa was originally put in prison in January of 2007 as noted in the Union Democrat, for possession of drugs and a dangerous weapon. On Tuesday, Sosa was arrested after attempting to evade a Sheriff during a traffic stop for expired tags on a truck he was driving.
In the process of the high speed chase, one passenger, Jeremy Davis of Tracy exited the truck before Sosa lost the ability to continue the evasion of arrest.
The charges against Sosa initially began only with evading an officer, but quickly mounted after a search of his home. At the home, a third arrest was made of Iran Cortes. Cortes was arrested for possession of up ID data from 80 people.
Sosa wound up being charged with:
11379(A) HS - Transp/Etc Cntl Sub
2800.2 VC - Evading Po:disregard Sfty
11378 HS - Poss Cntl Sub For Sale
11350(A) HS - Possess Narcotic Cntl Sub
11377(A) HS - Poss Controlled Substance
11550(A) - Under Influence Cntl Sub
148(A) PC - Obstruct Public Officer
11364 HS - Cntl Sub Paraphernalia
In the Calaveras Board of Supervisors meeting it was revealed that this was the sixth arrest out of only seventeen prisoners which had been sent back to Calaveras County from the "realignment" process of AB109. That is equal to a 355 recidivism rate in less than two months. It equals a prison population being foisted off on the civilian population of the State who are offered very little recourse to protect themselves from the predations of the criminal group.
The group who have already proved themselves incapable of existing in civilized society and adhering to the innumerable rules and laws which continue to pile up and produce more criminals each and every year.
With the latest failure of AB109, the general population in the rural foothills is beginning to understand the problems which have been shifted from the State and dropped on underfunded, understaffed local Police and Sheriff's Departments. The general consensus so far is one of muted anger, but for how long that anger remains muted depends on when the first civilian casualty occurs.
The California Highway Patrol officer to who this reporter spoke under conditions of anonymity suggested that it is only a matter of time and circumstance before there is a far more serious consequence for the residents of the community and the State as a whole.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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