This would seem to be obvious, but a narrative has been developed by advocates of a virtual abolishment of prison, calling for it to be replaced by community rehabilitation programs; a narrative based on the secular conception that crime is a result of oppressive social structures rather than individual choice.

It is a narrative with deadly consequences for the innocent victims of crime.

In California, suffering from a judicial order mandating a reduction in prison population, early release has become a public policy called Realignment, which the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation keeps track of here, http://www.cjlf.org/ab109/fightrealignment.htm .

Its impact in one California town is examined in this report from the Daily Republic.

An excerpt.

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield saw its major crimes rise by 7.2 percent between November 2012 and November 2013.

Police said a big contributor to that rise is the state’s realignment of its prisons, which is moving prisoners from state prisons to county jails, straining the local justice system.

“A lot of inmates are being released to the street with no supervision,” Fairfield Police Capt. Darren Moody said. He noted that these people make up an increasing percentage of the arrests Fairfield police made last year.

Fairfield police have responded with efforts to partner with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office to keep tabs on former state prisoners after they are released from custody.

The department is also in the process of putting together a second street crime team to support the already existing one, giving Fairfield police a stronger presence in the city’s neighborhoods. It was an idea that came out of the Fairfield City Council’s annual retreat that took place earlier this year.

Fairfield was afflicted with a 15 percent rise in its violent crimes. Homicides dropped 38 percent to only five committed in 2013 and rapes dropped by 45 percent to 12 in 2013, but robberies jumped by 26 percent, with 153 reported, and aggravated assault jumped by 17 percent to 293 reported.

The number of property crimes rise by 6 percent overall. Only theft did not see an increase since 2012.

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