COSTA MESA – Costa Mesa police arrested nine former inmates who had been granted early release as part of a statewide program to relieve jail and prison overcrowding.
Police worked with officers from the Orange County Probation Department to check on 22 men participating in the post-release community supervision program.
Nine were arrested Thursday, a department news release said.
Possession of controlled substances, outstanding warrants, interfering with a police officer and possession of graffiti tools were among the violations police said they found during their audit.
Costa Mesa police estimate that 70 former inmates who are a part of the early-release program live in the city.
The program is part of the state Public Safety Realignment Act, signed into law in April 2011, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.
The post-release community program applies to those convicted of non-serious, non-violent and non-sex-offense felonies.