Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department appreciates the work of the Los Angeles County Superior Courts in carefully instituting the new Pre-Arraignment Release Protocols (PARPs).
Since the PARPs started on October 1st, about half of the persons arrested by the LAPD for felony crimes were not eligible for PARP consideration as the charges were considered serious or violent by the California Penal Code.
Approximately two-thirds of the remaining felony arrests were assessed by the newly instituted Magistrate Review process with the majority held until arraignment based on the individualized assessment of the risks to public safety, and/or likelihood the individual would go to court as required. One concern involves the 42 individuals who were arrested for felony crimes after October 1st, and subsequently released back into the community. Of these individuals, the vast majority – 80% – were released via cash bailout or under other circumstances, while the remaining were eligible for release via PARP.
In summary, it appears at this early juncture that the newly instituted PARP is striving to achieve the appropriate balance between the rights of the accused and our duty to protect the City of Los Angeles.