Early-Release Inmate Arrested for Attempted Carjacking Less than a Day After Release • Long Beach Post

Less than 24 hours after being released from jail, 30-year-old Long Beach resident Raymond Moreno was arrested for attempting to carjack a vehicle near 15th and Chestnut Avenue in Central Long Beach.


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Moreno is part of the controversial realignment program—signed into law by Governor Brown in 2011 through Assembly bills 109 and 117—that grants early leave to low-level prison inmates. The Los Angeles County-specific program which monitors these early releases, Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), is in charge of overseeing non-violent, non-serious offenders upon release.

Moreno, who had been convicted on charges of an ex-felon carrying a firearm with gang enhancement sentencing, had completed 37 days of his 180-day sentence when he was released on February 8. On February 9, he attempted to carjack a vehicle. The driver escaped the incident, but contacted the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) and Moreno was later located along Cedar Avenue between 15th and 17th streets.

According to the LBPD, a special “AB 109 Team” was created last year to monitor those like Moreno within the PRCS program. 854 arrests were made for so-called PRCS violations last year, which the LBPD broke down in the following numbers:

  • (2) Murder
  • (10) Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • (18) Robbery
  • (23) Weapons Violations
  • (44) Residential/Auto Burglary
  • (198) Narcotic Violations
  • (8) Gang Injunction Violations
  • (396) Other PRCS Violations

85 of the offenders arrested last year had already been arrested in Long Beach over 3 times, with 14 of those being residents of other cities. Long Beach accounts for 6% of all PRCS-related arrests in 2013 in the county.

Moreno is being held at Los Angeles County Jail on $160K bail.

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