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The California Police State

The California Police State

Quote: (07-08-2013 08:38 AM)Hencredible Casanova Wrote:  

Looks like there's more support for this CA Police State theory.

According to Simon Black and the US Wiretap Report 2012 released last week,

Riverside County, California is the most spied-on county in the United States

Followed by Clark County, Nevada

3,395 wiretaps were ordered, averaging 29.03 days each

The average cost of a wiretap order last year was $50,452

The highest cost was $872,841 for a Federal wiretap in the Eastern district of Washington

87.39% of these wiretap orders were connected to drug-related charges

Only 18.19% of these wiretaps actually led to a conviction


I wonder, why Riverside?

I grew up in San Bernardino County during the big meth years. Riverside County was and is our twin brother. There's still a meth problem out there in places like San Jacinto, Perris, Hemet, Beaumont, Lake Elsinore, etc. If you get out into those areas, there are lots of smaller houses and trailers sitting on 0.5 to 3 acres that are set up perfectly for grow-ops and meth labs.

I know a few people that grow "legally" in rural parts of San Bernardino County even though the County Sheriff has repeatedly made statements about how he intends to enforce Federal drug laws over State-mandated marijuana policy. Riverside County is even more culturally conservative than San Bernardino County so I'd imagine their approach to be even more hard line.

That would be my guess as to why there are so many wiretaps in Riverside County.

I have no intentions of ever again spending much time in the 909 or 951. The only decent thing going for it is the mountains or desert for a quick weekend getaway to see some nature (Big Bear, Wrightwood, Idyllwild, Joshua Tree).

The California Police State

How California Prisons Got To Be So Insanely Overcrowded


California has been ordered to release nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of the year to resolve a notorious overcrowding problem that's been brewing for decades.
The Golden State's prison crisis reached a fever pitch in 2011 after the Supreme Court said the overcrowding amounted to "cruel and unusual punishment." Now all eyes are on liberal Gov. Jerry Brown, who insists the public's safety will be jeopardized if he releases the inmates.

The mass release would only bring prisons down to 137% of their capacity.

So how did California's prisons get to be so dreadfully overcrowded in the first place?

The state actually had a reputation for an ultra-progressive penal system before 1980, according to the radio documentary "Prisons in Crisis: A State of Emergency In California."

Then California began aggressively increasing sentencing in the late 1980s and 1990s in response to nationwide fear about high crime rates. Several high-profile crimes by parolees including the murder of 12-year-old Polly Klauss stoked fear in California, according to "Prisons in Crisis."

California enacted more than 1,000 laws that increased sentencing in a five-year span to settle these fears, law professor Jonathan Simon told "Prisons in Crisis" producer JoAnn Marr.

"Legislators were competing with each other to see who could be tougher," Marr reported. "Any politician seen as being soft on crime ran the risk of losing his seat."

Once the state started getting tougher on crime, it began doing away with many of its reform programs including education and work training, criminologist Joan Petersilia told Marr. These days, prisoners get released without any skills and often end up back in prison on parole violations. Nearly 65% of California's inmates go back to prison again within just three years.

"We play catch and release," Petersilia told Marr.

The California prison population reached a high of 173,000 by 2007, up from about 20,000 in the mid-1970s. New prison construction just couldn't keep up with that growth.

To be sure, Brown has taken some steps to cut back on the state's exploding prison population. Since the Supreme Court ordered the state to reduce its prison capacity in 2011, the state has managed to reduce its prison population to 120,000.

But a three-judge panel of federal judges ruled in June that wasn't enough.

"We are compelled to enforce the Federal Constitution and to enforce the constitutional rights of all persons," the panel wrote, "including prisoners."

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