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?