Press Release

Monday, March 9, 2020
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

(SACRAMENTO) – The Los Angeles County, Alameda County and Fresno County sheriffs’ departments will be audited for their use of realignment funds, money given by the state to counties to move incarcerated people from prisons to county jails.

Members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved the audit during the Committee’s February 26 hearing at the request of Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles).

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JLAC Audit

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Asm. Kamlager providing testimony

Assemblymember Kamlager requests audit of LA, Alameda and Fresno County sheriffs' departments.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Asm. Kamlager and Gov. Newsom

Assemblymember Kamlager attended the State of the State address and greeted Governor Newsom.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

California lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to demand increased accountability from local sheriffs’ offices. On Thursday, Assembly Member Sydney Kamlager, D-Los Angeles, said she would demand an audit of several sheriffs’ offices’ use of state money intended to offset the costs of the 2011 realignment changes.

Since 2011, California has sent more than $8 billion to counties to cover the increased local costs. The California Constitution prohibits county officials from using that money to cut their own costs elsewhere. But lax spending rules and limited scrutiny from both state and county officials have allowed just that, McClatchy and ProPublica reported in December.

Though local governments routinely move money from one law enforcement purpose to another, doing so with realignment funds may violate state law.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) will demand an audit of the Alameda County, the Fresno County, and the Los Angeles County sheriffs’ departments when she testifies before the Joint Legislative Audit Committee on Feb. 26, 2020. The audit that she requests will be of realignment funds, money given by the state to counties to move incarcerated people from prisons to county jails.