Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe are both calling for reforms to the Governor’s Realignment plan more than a year after it was first implemented. Yaroslavsky’s comments were set against the backdrop of a recently paroled offender who is currently in custody after a quadruple murder.
According to the spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, blame should not rest with realignment, but with the criminal who allegedly committed the crimes. Los Angeles had taken responsibility for about 12,000 so-called N3 offenders. N3 stands for non-violent, non-sexual, non-serious offenders.
That classification is based upon the last crime committed, not on a criminal’s history, a flaw that Yaroslavsky resulted in Ka Pasaouk’s parole. He absconded from parole officer supervision shortly after being released about a year ago. He is one of the 7,000 offenders to be classified as N3 and rearrested in Los Angeles.
Don Knabe pointed to the expansion of responsibility that was not on par with the cost of supervision. According to Knabe, the County received $325 million in reimbursements, when costs were closer to $575 million.
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