"Los Angeles Sheriff Addresses Budget Concerns" by Reut Cohen for Neon Tommy, September 19, 2010:
Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca addressed community members’ concerns about early prisoner release and substantial budget cuts to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff said public safety, despite the budget setbacks, has not been affected but added that there are consequences for the jails.Read the full article here.
“Let’s talk about how in the hell we’re going to make it better,” Baca said. “You pay me to spend your money in the smartest way I can.”
The sheriff argued crime is directly correlated with lack of education and said he wants to implement community programs that aid in the rehabilitation of parolees.
Baca also stressed that one of the biggest fights the LASD faces involves the drug cartel. The sheriff asked the community to vote against legalization of marijuana.
“Your children are going to be at risk,” he said.
The sheriff contends gangs will be involved in the drug trade even if marijuana is legalized in November. He also worries marijuana would be sold to children.
Baca also reaffirmed his support for the Three-Strikes Law that mandates longer jail sentences for repeat felons.
But some critics say that the Three-Strikes Law was ignored in the case of Omar Armando Loera. Omar Armando Loera, a 34-year-old parolee at large, was charged on Wednesday for fatally stabbing a Valley Village woman....