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Jeffries' Annual Fundraiser at the Lake Elsinore Storm's Opening Day

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GRCCPAC endorses Jeffries' re-election campaign for County Supervisor, District 1

Honored to have just received the endorsement from the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC).   » read more



Supervisor-Elect Jeffries, Supervisor Stone to co-host event at CAC, 8am on January 8th

RiversideSupervisor-Elect Kevin Jeffries and Supervisor Jeff Stone are inviting the public to attend a free reception preceding their joint swearing-in ceremony on January 8th.   » read more
Kevin Jeffries Announces Choice for Riverside County Planning Commissioner


For Immediate Release: December 18, 2012                         
Contact: Jeff Greene 714-624-7139 (cell)
Kevin Jeffries Announces Choice for Riverside County Planning Commissioner
Charissa Leach will bring new experience and insight to the Commission
Riverside: Riverside County Supervisor-Elect Kevin Jeffries today announced his selection of Charissa Leach as the new Planning Commissioner for the 1st Supervisorial District.   » read more


List includes Jeffries veterans, existing Board staff, and private sector experience
Riverside: Supervisor-Elect Kevin Jeffries today released his staff roster, along with brief bios and primary responsibilities in the new 1st District Office.   » read more
Election Update: Jeffries to Fight for Jobs


Clear The Way For Job Creation - New Direction

Our County is billions in debt.   » read more

Election Update #3: Jeffries' Campaign Surge Makes Halloween Scary for Incumbent
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Election Update #2: Crime Victims Groups Support Jeffries


Befuddled Buster Continues False Attacks – Part 2

CRIME VICTIMS GROUPS ENDORSE JEFFRIES!  More good campaign news this week, as two statewide organizations, the Crime Victims Action Alliance and the Citizens for Law and Order, both endorsed Kevin this week, citing his opposition to realignment, among other issues.   » read more
Statewide Crime Victims Organizations Endorse Jeffries

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2012

Contact: Stacy Nicola (951) 371-7155

Election Update: Positive Polls for Jeffries, Buster's Attacks Fall Flat, and Voting Deadlines Approach


Buster's Attacks On Jeffries Fall Flat
Election Deadlines Ahead

NEW POLL SHOWS JEFFRIES IN THE LEAD! Let’s start with some great news—we got the results from some polling that was done, and it showed Kevin Jeffries ahead of the 20 year incumbent by a margin of 41% to 31%.   » read more

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Early Release Possible For Inmates As Local Jails Fill (01/07/2012)

Early Release Possible For Inmates As Local Jails Fill


"... our jails are now operating at maximum capacity," the Riverside County Sheriff's Department reports.

By Toni McAllister

January 7, 2012

The state’s prison inmate population is shrinking, but the number of convicted criminals housed inside Riverside County jails is growing, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“As of January 5, 2012, the Sheriff's Department's jails are housing 735 inmates who would have been sent to state prison for felony court convictions or violations of their state parole,” according to a Friday news release from the Sheriff’s Department.

Federal courts have forced California to reduce its inmate population as a way to better care for those incarcerated in what is the nation’s largest prison system. The state has been blasted by the courts for overcrowding and lack of inmate health care in its prison system.

To help deal with the problem, last year California lawmakers passed State Assembly Bill 109 by a partisan vote, with Democrats voting for and Republicans against. The legislation is designed to reduce state prison overcrowding, costs, and recidivism by "realigning" inmates from state institutions into local county jails.

According to the Associated Press, as a result of realignment the state's inmate population across its 33 prisons for adults fell to 132,887 as of last week. The number is down by about 10,000 as compared to early 2011 figures, the AP reported.

But Friday’s news release from the Sheriff’s Department warns that under AB 109’s realignment policy, Riverside County will see the early release of inmates because, according to department officials, there isn’t enough room for all the criminals in local jails.

“AB 109 has created a drastic increase in the number of inmates in our custody and our jails are now operating at maximum capacity,” the release stated. “The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is operating under a federal court order requiring that every inmate housed in its jails has a bed. As a result, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department will be forced to relieve overcrowding by exercising measures such as electronic ankle bracelet monitoring, return parole violators to the supervision of parole, and the early release of some lower-level inmates.”

Those convicted of violent and/or sex crimes are still being housed in state prisons, but inmates facing three years or less for non-violent, non-sexual or non-serious crimes are being sent to county jails under AB 109.

Yet according to the Sheriff's Department, current jail records show that almost 20 percent of inmates convicted of these "non" offenses are receiving jail sentences exceeding three years.

The news release also contends that, under AB 109, the county is no longer able to place parole violators into the state prison system, which is further impacting the overcrowding problem in local jails.

“Prior to AB 109, … parole violators would have remained in the jail's custody for only 1-2 days and then returned to the care and custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation." According to the release, parole violators are taking up valuable space in the county jails – up to 60 to 90 days.

Republican lawmakers and some law enforcement officials have predicted rising crime rates because of the realignment under AB 109.

When Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Lake Elsinore) announced his bid in April for a 2012 county supervisor seat, he blasted AB 109.  More recently, he has warned of the potential loss of inmate labor and its impact on firefighting readiness as result of AB 109.

California houses about 5,300 inmates in fire camps and private state prisons, according to Associated Press statistics. Jeffries has urged that the county have a plan in place to deal with the shift of inmates from state fire camps to county jails.

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