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Apr 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM
The state expects to have nearly as many inmates available to help during this year's firefighting season as it did before a 2-year-old law began sending lower-level felons to county jails instead of state prisons, officials said Wednesday.
Apr 12, 2013 at 9:03 AM
Taft has been hit by a jump in crime, and it's blamed on the so-called state prison realignment. Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green says that's the only factor she can point to. And Green says Taft is seeing more of an increase than any...
Apr 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM
A brief police pursuit of a vehicle whose driver refused to stop for a traffic violation has three people under arrest.
Apr 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A brief police pursuit of a vehicle whose driver refused to stop for a traffic violation has three people under arrest.

The chase started just before 4 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Planz and Stine...
Mar 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Residents are taking a stand against the recent rise in crime in their mountain community. They have started to fight back by forming the new Greater Tehachapi Crime Watch program.
Mar 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Residents are taking a stand against the recent rise in crime in their mountain community.

They have started to fight back by forming the new Greater Tehachapi Crime Watch program.

With the...
Mar 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM
The increase amounts to 360 more sex offenders whose whereabouts were unknown and who were not reporting to their parole officers last year.
Mar 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The number of paroled sex offenders who are fugitives in California is 15 percent higher today than before Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping law enforcement realignment law took effect 17 months ago, according to figures...
Feb 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM
California counties are housing more than 1,100 inmates serving sentences of five years or more in jails designed for stays of a year or less, according to the first report detailing the size of that population under Gov. Jerry Brown's...
Feb 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM
A new project in the Kern County Sheriff's Office takes aim at two problems. The Community Work Crew is cleaning up some of the worst illegal dumping incidents, and, at the same time, helping with impacts from state prison realignment.
Feb 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A new project in the Kern County Sheriff's Office takes aim at two problems: The Community Work Crew is cleaning up some of the worst illegal dumping incidents, and, at the same time, helping with impacts from state...
Feb 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM
A tally by The Associated Press, compiled from three state agencies, shows California taxpayers have spent $182 million for inmates' attorneys and court-appointed authorities over the past 15 years. The payments cover a dozen lawsuits filed over...
Feb 4, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Residents who stay at the Bakersfield Homeless Center might be the ones who you could see cleaning up the freeways in and around Bakersfield if a proposed plan between Caltrans and the city of Bakersfield is approved.
Feb 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Police said Monday that crime was worse last year in the city. The overall crime rate for Bakersfield was 556 reported crimes per 10,000 citizens. That compares to 475 reported crimes per 10,000 citizens in 2011.
Feb 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Police said Monday that crime was worse last year in the city.

The overall crime rate for Bakersfield was 556 reported crimes per 10,000 citizens. That compares to 475 reported crimes per 10,000...