In California the crime rate is soaring after the state negotiated new contracts for “public safety” unions. They’re so generous that the state is now releasing convicts early from prison because they can’t afford to keep them incarcerated and the results are predictable.
Ever since the state passed a court-mandated law that eased overcrowding in state prisons, thousands of inmates have been released early — and violent crime has skyrocketed.
It’s up 49 percent in places like Kern County. The murder rate has soared 45 percent in Fresno. “This misinformation that’s out there that the downsizing of the prison population only impacts those that are nonviolent, nonserious is not serious. We’ve already had three murders over the past two months that are individuals under realignment,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told ABC News.
California was forced to open its prison doors thanks in large part to the oversized wage and pension packages secured by one of the state’s most powerful unions — the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. And it’s not the only “public safety” union that’s making the public unsafe.
According to the latest numbers from Oakland, more than 11,000 homes, cars or businesses have been broken into so far this year. That is about 33 burglaries a day and a 43 percent increase over last year.
But Oakland residents should not expect any help from police anytime soon.