Freshman Torrance Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi has taken up the banner in an effort to track and database offenders released into communities under Realignment. At a press conference, Muratsuchi said he would push legislation through the Assembly’s public safety committee that would create a statewide registry of the low level offenders.
Currently, counties all have their own way to deal with the offenders who suddenly became their responsibility two years ago. But information isn’t always collected, and it isn’t always shared outside of local jurisdictions. Martsuchi’s plan is to create single database through the Attorney General’s office that would store information about the 34,000 released inmates.
Such a database would provide empirical data regarding recidivism rates and crime rates both before and after realignment. So far, all that exists is anecdotal evidence that crime rates have increased after realignment.
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