Roseville realignment offender arrested
Critics of California’s new law, AB 109, argue one of its major flaws involves allowing convicts with violent backgrounds to be free around the public rather than in state prison custody — and a longtime Roseville felon arrested Saturday appears to be a local example of this complaint.
At 2:20 p.m., a Roseville police officer spotted 39-year-old Jordan Bernard White near an alley by the intersection of Berkeley and North Grant streets. White had been arrested in April 2012 for possession of methamphetamine in Roseville. While the governor’s office says publicly that all inmates sentenced under AB 109 to county jail or Post Release Community Supervision, rather than state prison, are nonviolent, non-sexual and “non-serious” offenders, court records show that White has two felony convictions for fighting with police officers in the last four years. White was approved for a treatment program and Post Release Community Supervision on his latest methamphetamine conviction because AB 109 says that it's only the offender’s newest crime that determines if he or she is classified as “violent.”
Placer County court records indicate that a $40,000 felony arrest warrant was recently issued for White for absconding from his Post Release Community Supervision. The Roseville police officer who noticed White Saturday afternoon took him into custody on the warrant, allegedly finding him in possession of a concealed fix-blade knife — a violation of his probation.
According to Placer and Sacramento county court records, White’s rap sheet goes back to 1995 and includes more convictions for methamphetamine, as well as convictions for theft, grand theft, receiving known stolen property, fraud, felony vandalism and being an accessory to a crime.
The Press Tribune was present during White's arrest.