Assemblymember Bill Berryhill

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  2. STOCKTON, September 25, 2012 - Following the recent murder of a Tracy man by a suspected AB 109 parolee, crime victim advocates joined Assemblyman Bill Berryhill in calling on the Governor and Democratic leaders for a Special Session of the Legislature to fix their failed realignment scheme that has created a "revolving door" of crime in San Joaquin Valley communities.

    "Last year, I warned the Governor and Democratic lawmakers that their inmate release plan would be our worst nightmare come true," said Berryhill. "Sadly, a family in Tracy is now grieving for the loss of their loved one because they decided to dump dangerous criminals in our community. It's time we scrap this realignment scheme before another innocent person becomes a victim. The Governor and Democrats must take action now to fix this terrible mistake."

    AB 109 is the public safety realignment plan that shifted thousands of inmates from state prison to already overcrowded county jails, under the guise of cutting the state budget, forcing many criminals to be released. Approved by legislative Democrats and signed into law by Governor Brown, realignment took effect on October 1, 2011 and has made fundamental changes to our prison system to date. In total, 52,000 inmates will be shifted from state prison to local jails by 2013-14.

    It was argued that returning "non-violent" offenders to local authorities would save the state money and relieve prison overcrowding. But in practice, state budget spending for realignment has actually increased by $200 million from 2011-12 to 2012-13, in addition to untold local public safety costs. Berryhill pointed out that realignment is actually costing more money not less, despite the fact that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will house 29,000 fewer prisoners and will lose responsibility for supervising 36,000 parolees by June 2013.

    Berryhill joined Crime Victims Action Alliance in noting that in the year since realignment took effect, "non-violent" criminals have committed dangerous crimes across the state, such as attempted murder and rape. Worse, many crime victims and their families are not receiving the justice they are due as convicted criminals are getting a slap on the wrist under realignment.

    Three recent tragedies that resulted from realignment include:
    .In March, Raoul Leyva of Stockton was arrested for violating his parole. Before realignment, he would have been sent back to state prison for his parole violation. Under realignment, he was sentenced to 100 days in jail. But he was ordered released after just 2 days due to jail overcrowding. Once out, he brutally assaulted his girlfriend, who was not expected to survive the attack. He has since been charged with attempted murder.

    .In June 2011, Amie Chick struck and killed firefighter Andrew Maloney on Highway 165 in Central California, while driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol. She pled guilty to the charge of felony vehicular manslaughter, but will not serve one day in jail under realignment. Instead, she will be on house arrest and electronic monitor.

    .Last week, Victor Garcia and his sister Samantha allegedly stabbed and killed 22-year old Tracy man Phillip Sanchez. Victor Garcia had been on parole for another crime, but under public safety realignment is subjected to less-supervised probation.
    Assemblyman Berryhill said that government's first role should be to protect its citizens. He said the only responsible way forward to protect communities was to repeal the flawed realignment plan and go back to the drawing board to craft a responsible plan that will save taxpayers without putting the public's safety at risk.

    Lynn Brown, Executive Director of the Advocates for Public Safety said, "Our organization was founded to ensure that justice is always served for crime victims and their families." "Unfortunately, realignment is a step backward for public safety, with too many Californians becoming crime victims as a result of this misguided policy. Worse, realignment has reopened painful wounds for many victims, whose attackers were given only a slap on the wrist."

    For more information on how public safety realignment is putting Californians at risk and to see more real life examples of dangerous criminals shifted to local communities thanks to realignment, visit the "California Crime Watch" webpage at: cacrimewatch.com.

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  3. For more information on how public safety realignment is putting Californians at risk and to see more real life examples of dangerous criminals shifted to local communities thanks to realignment, visit the "California Crime Watch" webpage at: cacrimewatch.com.

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Assemblymember Bill Berryhill

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Assemblyman Bill Berryhill represents the people of the 26th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Stockton, Turlock, Manteca, Ceres, Modesto, Patterson, Ripon, and Escalon.

A fourth generation Californian and son of the late Clare Berryhill,…


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Assemblyman Bill Berryhill represents the people of the 26th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Stockton, Turlock, Manteca, Ceres, Modesto, Patterson, Ripon, and Escalon.

A fourth generation Californian and son of the late Clare Berryhill, Bill's roots in agriculture and public service are deep. For more than thirty years he has farmed wine grapes in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties and operated successful custom grape harvesting businesses. Bill founded the cornerstone of his agricultural operations - BB Vineyards - in 1978. He has also served on the boards of both Allied Grape Growers and the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau.

In honor of his success in business and contributions to the Central Valley economy, the Ceres Chamber of Commerce recognized Bill as Agri Business Man of the Year in 2001.

Bill's entry into public service came in 1996, when he was elected to the Ceres Unified School District Board of Trustees. During his eleven years on the Board, Bill's efforts were instrumental in transforming Ceres into one of California's top-performing school districts by emphasizing parental involvement, quality teachers, and strategic planning.

In 2008, Bill was elected to the State Assembly, where he serves as vice chair of the Labor and Employment Committee and as a member of the Budget, Elections & Redistricting, and Jobs, Economic Development, & the Economy (JEDE) Committees.

In addition to his business and public service interests, Bill is an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and wildlife artist. He is a partner in a 700 acre wetland restoration project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and he is a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, and the Stanislaus and San Joaquin County Farm Bureaus.

Bill and his wife, Triana, have been married since 1990. They live in Ceres with their three children: William, Alexandra, and Gabriella.

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