BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Felony crime is way up in Taft. The Kern County District Attorney says crime is up all over the county, but it’s the worst in Taft.
Felony cases have nearly tripled in Taft since the start of prison realignment.
In the first 3 months of 2012 110 felony cases were filed at the Superior Court in Taft.
In the first three months of 2013 that number jumped to 306. Officials say it's primarily property and drug crimes.
Officials say prison realignment has created a revolving door for criminals.
Because the county jail is so overcrowded the less serious offenders end up serving a small fraction of the time they were sentenced to.
It’s a frustrating situation for law enforcement.
Police and prosecutors believe the only solution is put those people behind bars long term by building more jails.