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Police Chief: Problems Mounting Following AB 109 Passage

Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro tells NBC 4 News that the early release of prisoners is to blame for rising crime rates in the city.

Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro has been very vocal about the city's public safety problems he said are a direct result of the passage of AB 109, the law that made state prisoners deemed nonviolent and non-sexual eligible for post-release community supervision or probation.

Crime rates in the city are up - auto thefts have risen 32 percent, burglaries are up 9 percent and assaults are up 4 percent. In 2012, Glendora Police made 73 arrests of AB 109 releases who committed a new crime in Glendora.

“LA County Probation and LASD were given the funding and the responsibility to monitor these subjects but we are not seeing that being done,” Castro told Patch. As a result, a small Glendora PD team was created to monitor and conduct residential compliance checks at the expense of the city.

In an interview with NBC 4 News, Castro said the responsibility to monitor these parolees falls on the shoulders of Glendora PD's limited staff of 50 officers. He added that the city's arrest rate went up 100 percent.

Catch the interview here.

Tell us: Do you think AB 109 is to blame for the city's rising crime rates?

Charles Stauffer January 25, 2013 at 05:13 PM
These facts reported by Chief Castro would make sense if the crimes resulted in the apprehension of recently released prisoners. It also appears from the Police Blotter, that most of the thefts are by people from other nearby cities. I don't know how we can discourage these crimes since the court system slaps them on the wrist and releases those who are jailed after a short while.
Kenny Diane Jones January 25, 2013 at 06:02 PM
If you let a criminal out on the streets with early release, they will continue to be a criminal
Cathy Bushey January 25, 2013 at 09:37 PM
It was predicted. With teenagers and young adults having a difficult time obtaining employment, the early releases probably have a harder time.
Vince January 25, 2013 at 11:50 PM
So, what goes on in the minds of people who think releasing these guys was a good idea? Was it to save money? Well, that money is being lost by the extra manpower to watch over them, and the cops that have arrest and try them over again. My hearty thanks to our idiotic politicians.
Cynthia Edwards January 25, 2013 at 11:55 PM
I am starting to feel that Glendora is no longer a safe city. It is very scary out there!
Charles Stauffer January 26, 2013 at 05:37 PM
You can thank Jerry Brown, our Govenor for this one.......his announcement was all over TV and it was supposed to be for savings,,,,another one of his political blunders over many, many years and the people in California keep voting him in office.
makayla Navarro January 26, 2013 at 09:49 PM
It's getting scary everywhere, nowadays. The bible stated in 2 Timothy 3:13 "but wicked men and imposters will advance from bad to worse.."
Sean W. January 29, 2013 at 06:26 AM
The flawed, misleading and extremely dangerous AB 109 needs to be repealed. AB 109 is the primary reason why crime is going up allover the state. The public and law enforcement are unnecessarily put at risk in order to save money. For a criminal, its better than winning the lottery. As a laid-off Law Enforcement Officer as the direct result of the bill, I can testify to this first hand. To learn more about AB 109 and to help repeal it, please click the link below. http://www.change.org/petitions/california-assembly-bill-ab-109-repeal-ab-109

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