Across the country, all states struggle with how to handle both prisoners
and released inmates. While we all generally believe that people who committed
crimes ought to atone for them, the reality is that people cannot and
should not be locked up forever. That would be neither fair nor financially
This is an issue that is especially pressing in California, which is infamous
for its overcrowded prison system. To put the issue simply: How do we
balance a fair and just criminal justice system against the reality of
our state's prisons?
This is a question that hit home not too long ago. Fifteen former inmates
were arrested during a recent sweep of Perris, Menifee and the unincorporated
communities around the two Southwest Riverside County cities.
Press Enterprise reports that the sweep involved a check-up of inmates who were released,
but are still being monitored because they bear some risk of reoffending.
All of the former inmates who were arrested were booked on suspicion of
violating supervised probation. Some also face assorted criminal charges,
Public safety is everyone's concern, and it's not wrong to make
sure that people are keeping up with the terms of their probation. That
being said, it is also not wrong to ask whether those arrested knew the
terms of their probation and knew what kind of actions would violate it.
The criminal justice system is not always easy to understand, and not
all people are able to navigate it properly. Many prisoners suffer from
mental illness or have substantial drug / alcohol problems. Others speak
English as their second language or have low levels of education. It is
not unheard of probation officers to be responsible for supervising dozens
of individuals at any given time. As a result, inmates are rushed out
the jail doors and released into the community without much direction.
If you are interested in speaking with a California criminal defense attorney
who serves Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Wildomar,
Perris, Banning, Corona and all other areas of Riverside County, please
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