SACRAMENTO, Calif. — County jails that account for the vast majority of local inmates in California have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.
So, we reduce the inmates in state prisons by moving inmates to county jails, overcrowding them. Staff and inmate assaults decrease in state prisons and increase in county jails. Then the jails release prisoners locally. Local crime goes up.
Costa Mesa already has far more than her proportional share of released jail inmates, recovery homes, and half-way houses.
Larceny, burglary, and lewd conduct are increasing in Costa Mesa.
And we have people who suggest — and not tongue in cheek — that the reason we have a minor crime increase is that the Mayor wouldn’t allow hiring more police officers (each requiring 50+ years expenditure commitment) to investigate crime until the cost/officer declined.
Either California schools aren’t teaching rational thinking, or else Costa Mesa commentary is dominated by people who flunked that course.