Statement by Assemblyman Mike Morrell on Realignment and Higher Crime Rates in California

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, today issued the following statement in response to findings detailed in a study published by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) regarding public safety realignment and statewide crime rates:

“Today’s PPIC report further proves that realignment poses a serious risk to communities across the state, and particularly here in the Inland Empire. With the study suggesting that any additional transfer of felons to our streets is expected to have even greater impacts on crimes, the majority party and Governor can no longer ignore the problem and continue to play wait-and-see, while more crimes are committed. To do so would be inexcusable and irresponsible. It’s time to take action and make our neighborhoods safe again.”

As part of the 2013-14 State Budget, San Bernardino County lost $6.4 million in state funding to implement realignment, despite having to deal with an increasing crime rate. Additionally, legislative Republicans introduced several reforms this year that would have addressed some of the law’s major problems.

Findings of the PPIC study included the following:

  • California’s statewide crime rates increased between 2011 and 2012, just as realignment was going into effect.  Violent crime rates went up 3.4 percent and property crime rates went up 7.6 percent.
  • Crime rates in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties rose significantly as realignment was being implemented.  Violent crimes rose 7.2 percent in Riverside County between 2011 and 2012, and 6.1 percent in San Bernardino County.  Property crimes rose 7.5 percent in Riverside County and 10.4 percent in San Bernardino County during that same period.
  • Property crime rates rose statewide following the implementation of realignment – most notably motor vehicle theft, which increased by 24,000 incidents or 14.8 percent.

The complete report is posted online here.