Fairfield may back police chief’s crime bill

By From page A3 | March 17, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Legislation backed by the California Police Chiefs Association that requires state prison time for any sentence longer than three years may have city of Fairfield support.

A resolution to back Assembly Bill 1449, which comes after a Stanford University analysis identified problems with 2011 realignment legislation for California to comply with a federal court order to reduce prison population, goes before the Fairfield City Council at its Tuesday meeting.

The Solano County jail population has increased from 772 inmates to 910 since passage of the legislation in 2011, according to a city staff report.

A total of 626 former state prison inmates are now on post-release community supervision in Solano County, according to the report.

The Stanford University study found that the 2011 legislation means only the current conviction is considered when an inmate leaving prison is placed under county or state supervision, the city of Fairfield said. If an offender has a minor current crime but a history of prior violent convictions – including sex offenses – these offenders may report to county probation rather than state parole, the city staff report adds.

Along with requiring state prison for sentences of more than three years, the proposed legislation allows an offender’s total criminal history to be considered when considering whether the county or state will supervise the parolee, the city said.

Council members meet at 6 p.m. in the chambers at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St. in Fairfield.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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