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"Eureka," according to Wikipedia, "is an interjection used to celebrate a discovery, a transliteration of a word attributed to Archimedes," meaning "I have found (it)."  The word sits atop the California State Seal, a legacy of the Gold Rush.  A city by that name sits on the north coast, about 100 miles south of the Oregon boundary.  What are they finding in Eureka today?  What persons of sense have known was coming.  Kaci Poor reports for the Times-Standard:

With local petty crime arrests soaring past last year's average, Eureka Police Chief Murl Harpham points to the state's public safety realignment plan.

"Property crime is up 10 percent, larceny is up 32 percent and car theft is up 102 percent," he said. "These numbers are just skyrocketing. We are getting hit hard."

Overall, Harpham said, arrests are up 20 percent from last year.

"We have arrested 536 more people this year than last year, and are averaging about 500 arrests a month," Harpham said. "Those numbers are a big increase."

While the increases are mainly for misdemeanor offenses, Harpham said he suspects that a number of the crimes can be attributed to individuals arrested on felony charges who are being released from overcrowded county jails.

Harpham said he believes the problem has been slowly escalating.

Ever since the state's public safety realignment plan took effect in October, jail officials have been shouldering the responsibility of holding serious criminals for longer periods of time instead of sending them to state prison. As a result, a larger number of less dangerous offenders have been released from jail.

At Tuesday's council meeting, Harpham used as an example an Arcata situation from earlier in the month where a woman was taken to jail after being arrested on drug possession charges, released due to overcrowding, then arrested again a few hours later on new drug charges. According to Harpham, jail staff told officers that the woman had to be released because of realignment and jail overcrowding.

"We are not putting people in jail, and when we are, they are not staying there," Harpham said. "There is just no deterrent not to commit crimes."

But the "experts" told us realignment would reduce crime.

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Didn't we see this in Philadelphia? And that was the impetus for Congressional legislation (PLRA). And it was conveniently ignored by Kennedy and the libs.

The blood is on their hands. And the blood is on the hands of Barack Obama, who appointed two of the justices who joined the Plata decision.

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