The City of Monrovia is leading the Taking Back Our Community Coalition with the Cities of Arcadia and Glendora. This Coalition aims to amplify the message from cities across our region that the unintended adverse public safety impacts of AB 109, Prop 47, and Prop 57 needs to be addressed by State lawmakers.
Monrovia experienced a 19% increase in violent and property crimes in 2016 when compared with 2015 levels. This increase means that we had 143 more victims in Monrovia than in the prior year.
Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris reported that the State experienced a 10% increase in violent crime and an 8% increase in property crimes in 2015 when compared with 2014 levels. This increase means that we had 92,309 more victims in California than in the prior year.
Recent Legislation Has Reshaped California's Criminal Justice System
Assembly Bill 109In 2011, Assembly Bill 109, or Realignment, served the purpose of addressing the unsafe overcrowding in State prisons. The approval of AB 109 transferred nearly 45,000 felons from the State prison system to local jail facilities. As local jail facilities were never designed to house violent criminals, AB 109 has resulted in the release of tens of thousands of lower-level convicted criminals back into the communities.
Approved by 60% of voters in 2014, Proposition 47, or the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, reclassified a number of non-violent, non-serious crimes. Felonies such as drug possession, repeated shoplifting, forging checks, and gun theft are now classified as misdemeanors.
Proposition 57 was approved by 65% of California voters in 2016. Titled as the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act, it will allow the state to release up to 30,000 criminals convicted of “non-violent” felonies.
Michele Hanisee is the President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys. In May 2017, Ms. Hanisee presented to the City Council on the public safety impacts of AB 109, Prop 47, and Prop 57. You can watch her presentation below, or click here to view an updated PowerPoint presentation.