According to the Orange County Register’s recent analysis of law enforcement data, crime in Orange County has risen 23 percent in the past year – with some cities experiencing nearly a 50 percent surge in property crime. It’s the largest increase in crime in the past decade.
What’s behind rising crime and how can we keep our families safe?
Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens have organized an OC Public Safety Townhall to educate the public about the major changes in California’s crime laws — and how we can protect our community.
Moderated by Brian Calle, Orange County Register Opinion Editor, the April 22nd public meeting will give residents the opportunity to make their voice heard on public safety issues.
“This townhall is an opportunity for Orange County residents to make their voice heard and take action” said Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, who represents the communities of Westminster, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Fountain Valley. “As the state puts more criminals back on the street, Orange County can’t sit idly by.”
Among the topics that will be discussed:
- What are the major changes in California’s crime laws?
- How can Orange County keep our community safe amid new state policies?
- What do these changes mean for Orange County?
Orange County Public Safety Townhall
Date: April 22, 2016
Time: 10 AM to Noon
Attendees: OC Supervisor Andrew Do, OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, and Brian Calle, Opinion Page Editor of the Orange County Register
Location: OC Board of Supervisors Board Hearing
333 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
RSVP for the OC Public Safety Townhall on the Facebook event page.
Among the major state policy changes affecting our public safety:
Early Criminal Release under Prison Realignment (AB 109): Under Assembly Bill 109, passed in 2011, California shifted responsibility for felony offenders and state prison parolees from state prisons to county jails.
Reduced Sentences & Early Release for Drug and Property Crimes: Proposition 47, described by the Los Angeles Times as “the most defendant-friendly state law in decades,” reduced certain drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
Restorative Justice, Split Sentencing & Food Stamps for Drug Dealers: In 2014, California lawmakers approved AB 1468, which created a presumption of split sentencing, expanded funding for restorative justice programs and ended the requirement that criminals enter a drug treatment program before gaining access to food stamps.
Join Supervisor Andrew Do and Sheriff Hutchens on April 22nd!