City Leaders Blame AB 109 For Increase In Crime

A spike in crime around the community has many people wondering if it’s all connected to AB 109, the California law, which in part releases low-level inmates from prison.

Leaders with the City of Bakersfield are now looking at ways to deal with the growing problem.

City Council members say crime around Bakersfield is up 16 percent and something needs to happen immediately to not only reduce that number, but prevent future problems down the road.

City Council member Russell Johnson of Bakersfield's Ward 7