How the Sheriff is Making AB109 More Dangerous for the Public

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AB109 has caused a lot of strife. Increase problems in our jails, questions on where the $14M the county got the first year from the state was spent, where future monies will be spent (apparently on a new Assistant Sheriff if the Sheriff has her “efficient” way). Training corrections officers. The list goes on.

One point that hasn’t been addressed though is how the early release AB109 inmates are being dealt with. In a “money saving effort” the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors have allowed a shocking plan to be implemented.

We hear about the “increased danger and sophistication” of the AB109 inmates in jails. But apparently that eminent problem ends at the threshold of the jails.

When these “dangerous and sophisticated” inmates are on early release, they are checked up on periodically. This becomes a high risk proposition in the event that a check turns up someone who is not in compliance and has no intention of returning to jail.

One of the most dangerous propositions a trained law enforcement officer can find themselves in.

But wait, trained law enforcement officers (or deputies in our case) cost money — they need extra training, they go to a full academy so they better know how to face this risk to themselves and potentially the public.

We’re using “trained CASU deputies” for this program. These are correctional deputies, who have successfully made the transition from corrections officer to corrections deputy. What does that transition involve, you ask? Well, to the best of our understanding – a background check and a couple of hours on the gun range. They have received a touch more extra training on gun retention and searches – not weeks, maybe days, mostly just hours.  Certainly not  the level of training to engage and hopefully mitigate a dangerous situation and a bare minimum on force options training.

There is no full academy training. There is apparently no perishable skills training plan that has been implemented. These are correctional deputies trained to work within a correctional facility out there doing the job of trained enforcement officers to check on “sophisticated and dangerous” people on the street.

So, let’s determine, before this stunning situation goes awry in some one’s neighborhood, maybe yours, are the savings here really worth the potential risks being taken by our Sheriff and Board of Supervisors?

You be the judge – Vote June 3, 2014 for Kevin Jensen.