Is CA Stabbing Death A Casualty of Prison Realignment or Routine Release?


The case of a convicted felon who allegedly stabbed a woman to death at a California park-and-ride has exposed flaws in Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to give local governments responsibility for nonviolent prisoners, reports the Los Angeles Times, quoting San Bernardino County authorities. David Mulder, 43, a transient with a history of drug-related convictions, was shot and killed Sunday night by a California Highway Patrol officer responding to a report of a woman being attacked in a car near a freeway. County probation officials said Mulder was released from state prison Sept. 25 under the realignment program, which transferred supervision of prisoners and probationers convicted of nonviolent and non-sex-related crimes to local agencies. A week before the killing, another felon released to county supervision under the program allegedly raped a woman in a motel room. Fontana Police Chief Rod Jones called both cases prime examples of the failure of realignment. “Dangerous prisoners that belong in state prison continue to be released early, time and time again, to return to our communities and endanger our families and friends,” Jones said. Luis Patino, a state corrections department spokesman, said blaming realignment for Mulder’s release was inaccurate. “The guy served his prison time and we had no authority to hold him beyond that. Whether he was on parole or probation, he still would have been in their county,” Patino said.

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