In Kern County, the District Attorney filed 1,000 more felony charges in 2012 when compared to 2011, a case load the DA points out is being handled with no increase in staff.
The influx of felony charges are coming from all over the county, as law enforcement agencies are seeking tougher charges and stiffer penalties for crimes. And while the DA’s office has been keeping up, cases are taking longer to work through the court system, often delaying justice.
During the interview on the local “First Look with Scott Cox,” District Attorney Lisa Green also described what happens with certain crimes, and the host suggested that property crimes are being under punished. According to Cox, he could go on vacation for a week, be robbed, the criminal arrested, and then have his house robbed again by the same criminal.
Read the full story at the Bakersfield Californian.