Don Bauder 8:03 a.m., Dec. 4
Border News Translations: Early Paroles; River Search; Pickpockets
TIJUANA BC (Tijuana Press, Daniel Ángel Rubio) - Between 1200 and 1300 convicts of prisons in Baja California each year receive the benefit of early release, said Hector Tapia Grijalva, Subsecretario del sistema penitenciario del estado. The State official added that only 5% of those freed are repeat offenders, and 95% do not return to by committing offenses. Tapia explained this benefit does not apply to those responsible for crimes such as kidnapping, rape or homicide. The new criminal justice system provides the increased monitoring of offenders with systems that include electronic bracelets or visits to places of work and with the neighbors, as well as being aware of their daily agendas.
TIJUANA BC (Tijuana Press, Vicente Calderón) - A strong police mobilization occurred the evening of Tuesday in the area of the Tijuana River, near centro comercial "Pueblo amigo". Earlier reports suggested a man was murdered when neighbors reported hearing gunshots, although no further information was been provided to officials. Several municipal police units could be seen on the sidewalk on vía rapida almost behind the centro comercial and parked above vía lenta. The units were empty but had lighted emergency beacons. It was presumed officers were in the Tijuana River channel. They inspected the area but failed confirm finding anything related to a shooting where a man presumably died. This would be the fourth murder recorded in the first three days of May.
TIJUANA BC (Tijuana Press, Daniel Angel/Leonardo Ortiz) - Today kicked off a fourth police operation against thefts in the downtown area, and the last two will be continuous in the area, said Martha Imel Almanza Topete, solicitor. "Specifically we started in this area because of the large criminal incidence, obviously in simple theft, in theft that can also be violent, the so-called pickpockets", she said. However when the press asked about the numbers of crimes in this area to identify it as having the great incidence, the solicitor said that they have gone down. She claimed to have 270 complaints, which gives the ability for follow-up, as well as anonymous complaints. They are not registered as previous inquiries. "And we have a decline of 9% in the downtown area. Last year there were 318. I’m talking about theft in the characteristics that I mentioned," he added. We cannot deal with a problem, which still exists, on any smaller scale, he said.