Sheriff Sandra Hutchens' Plan to Monitor Non-violent Felons Gets the Silent Treatment

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A plan by Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to relieve jail overcrowding by sending some felons home with electronic monitoring devices received a lack of support from the county Board of Supervisors this week. The sheriff's department, which already uses home monitoring for some misdemeanor offenders, hopes to do the same with some non-violent felons.

Supervisor John Moorlach made the motion Tuesday to allow such a strategy, saying he believed Hutchens and the chief of probation would use their discretion when it came to such releases to a degree residents would expect. But Moorlach's motion died for a lack of a second, although Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson ... ahem ... boldly indicated he would have voted yes if someone else seconded the motion.

So, perhaps the idea will come back before the board. After all, with Moorlach locked in and Nelson willing to go along as long as he can hide behind a second supervisor, the lukewarm words of Supervisor Pat Bates might indicate a slight opening: "I think there might be other alternatives. ... But I will certainly keep an open mind as we move forward."

Looking at a state law ordering less-congested jails--and without the flexibility offered under the electronic monitoring proposal--Hutchens has indicated she may have to pull out of a deal with the federal government to rent bunks to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That deal brings the county $20 million to $30 million annually, according to her department.

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elenoreflores
elenoreflores

The jail is crowded because the prisons are crowded.  They are releasing the wrong people.  The non-violent are kids, the easy pickins for cops patrolling the streets to find something wrong with them and lock up.  Because they are young and out there doing things the cops will continue to recycle this group and the prison system will not be fixed, it will remain a revolving door.  It's a proven fact that people who have served over twenty years to life have only a  one percent chance of reoffending and going back to jail or prison.  It's true.  It's time to release all those costly old lifers, and that would solve a lot of problems for California. 

Igmar Rodas
Igmar Rodas

Wendy Richards, I know of a few people that have been convicted of a crime that they did not commit. One of these persons was even out of state when the crime happened. It's the public servants ineptitude to perform their jobs, including a thorough investigation to determine if the crime was committed by the subject. Public Servants have to meet a quota, so they have to make arrests, innocent or not. That's why there are so many innocent people in jail. I hope you don't go thru it, and experience it yourself, poor child.

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

LOL...all idiot inmates love to say they were wrongly convicted. They are in jail because they cannot function in society. They break the laws. Let them rot there :)

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

How about execute the violent felons to make more room for the non-violent felons?

RachelKnott
RachelKnott

How many are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses? Let them out.

BuzzRadio Steve
BuzzRadio Steve

Nice to see our tax money going to some good use... :(

Aaron Roach
Aaron Roach

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States A 2005 report estimated that 27% of federal prison inmates are noncitizens, convicted of crimes while in the country legally or illegally.[21] However, federal prison inmates account for six percent of the total incarcerated population; noncitizen populations in state and local prisons are more difficult to establish. The World Prison Brief puts the total number of foreign prisoners in all federal, state and local facilities at 5.9%.[9]

BuzzRadio Steve
BuzzRadio Steve

How many of those in jail are legal citizens?...........

Igmar Rodas
Igmar Rodas

Why not take the innocent jailed ones out, a be accountable and say we made a mistake of putting the innocent in jail.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

So Hutchens advocates a way to comply with state law to relieve overcrowding in jails...a plan that will also bring income to the county...but it's a no-go? Is the Board of Supervisors afraid there will be accusations of being "soft on crime"? Even if the people to be released are electronically monitored and are NON-VIOLENT offenders?

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Maybe Sandra ´´Good to Great¨ Hutchens can practice this idea with the technically non-violent felon Asian American male deputy who threatened me with hospitalization approx. 2 months ago. While you are at it, you can include yourself , Mike Carona and Brad Gates because criminally harassing an American since the 90's while hiding behind the color of authority is definitely a felony. 


You don´t know this due to the morally bankrupt nature of the criminal justice system in Orange County, CA so we are here to help you understand the error of your ways.

elenoreflores
elenoreflores

I was wrong 5 percent of those serving life sentences, usually for murder, who received parole end up going back to jail or prison.  52 percent of prisoners with long records which included crimes like auto theft, burglary, who are always paroled end up reoffending or violating the rules of parole  and going back to prison.  Most prisoners who have had twenty years or more or are serving that kind of sentence have time to reflect on their crime and are rehabilitated.  The ones she wants to release, not so much.  Before people cringe at the thought of letting murderers out, Norway imposes a maximum of twenty years total for the worst offenders and they don't have overcrowding or nearly as high of a rate of violent crime as we have.  Think about it folks thousands of geriatric prisoners in California are taking up your tax dollars for medical that you probably can't even get.  They shouldn't release them all, but they should make it easier for them to get parole and they shouldn't sentence anyone under twenty one years to life without parole.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@RachelKnott  

Exactly. There should be more options for non-violent offenders. Long-term incarceration should be reserved for the likes of rapists, murderers and pedophiles.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Hopefully you will talk this tough under federal oath.

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