Impact of State’s Prison Early Release Program (AB109) Subject of local press conference
El Monte, CA – On Thursday, November 15, 2012, on the lawn in front of El Monte City Hall a press conference was held by the Independent Cities Association to discuss the impacts of the Early Release Program (AB109) on 43 local cities and communities in Los Angeles County. Beginning in October 2011, California state prisons began moving “non-non-non” (non-serious, non-sexual, non-violent) offenders into county jails, the county probation system and county courts. By summer the number of former state prisoners in Los Angeles County was expected to reach 6,000, including prisoners with the highest maintenance costs – those with medical and drug problems and mental health issues, as well as prisoners with prior histories of violent crimes who are serving sentences for lesser offenses–costing Los Angeles County $100 million in the first year alone.
The Independent Cities Association represents 43 cities throughout the Los Angeles County. ICA President and Mayor Pro Tem Juventino Gomez, City of El Monte initiated the press conference.