Calif. prison reforms costing LAPD $18 M

Since 2011, LAPD has had 160 to 170 officers assigned full-time to keep tabs on thousands of convicted felons living in LA


Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A new report says the transfer of state prisoners to county jails has forced the Los Angeles Police Department to pull dozens of officers from regular patrol duties to monitor ex-convicts.

The report says that since 2011, the LAPD has had 160 to 170 officers assigned full-time to keep tabs on thousands of convicted felons living in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times says the department will spend $18 million this fiscal year on the program.

The Police Commission is scheduled to discuss the report Tuesday.

A 2-year-old state law designed to ease prison overcrowding sentenced people convicted of less-serious crimes to county jails instead of state lockups. The report says the LAPD formed compliance teams to monitor those released on probation because the county lacks the resources.

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