Call it a case of deja vu. Roseville Police arrested Travis Layton last month and charged him with five counts of threatening a witness. Less than 2 months earlier, Layton was also arrested in Roseville on charges of armed robbery and street terrorism.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Roseville’s Chief of Police Daniel Hahn. “It’s not uncommon for our officers to say things like, ‘He was out before I could even finish writing the report,’ and the next day they are arresting him again.”
Hahn is talking about Realignment at the Placer County Jail. In 2012, when the law first went into effect, it meant thousands of newly convicted criminals were sent to multi-year county facilities rather than being sentenced to state facilities. Many county jails are already at full capacity, which is triggering non-stop inmate releases.
“I’ve heard stories where people involved in that sort of lifestyle say, ‘I know I’m not going to be in here very long,'” Hahn told FOX40.
Layton is far from the only suspect who’d been recently booked into the Placer County Jail on a serious charge, only to be quickly released, and commit another serious crime.
The Realignment Law isn’t all to blame though for this problem. County jails must also comply with the Federally-mandated cap on how many bodies it can hold. The intention of Realignment was to get addicts treatment and services while in jail.
“We don’t have the infrastructure in place quite yet to ensure people have the proper services and get the proper things they need before they are set back out into our community,” Hahn said. “If I arrest somebody today for burglary and they get out later tonight because the jail is at its limit, ‘I still have my drug habit and I still need to find a way to feed that drug habit.'”