A New System for Combating 'Quality-of-Life Crimes'

A proposed ordinance currently making its way through City Hall in Los Angeles would provide a new form of enforcement for crimes such as barking dogs, loud parties, and littering—which often go unenforced under the current penal system.

Soumya Karlamangla reports on a pilot program in Los Angeles called Administrative Citation Enforcement, which "gives the LAPD and the Department of Animal Services a new enforcement tool that would bypass the court system. It would allow city officials to impose financial penalties for such offenses as urinating in public, having dogs off leashes at the beach or dumping garbage in public streets."

Rick Orlov provides additional details about the penalties that could be imposed for such offenses: "citations of $250, $500 and $1,000 for the first, second and third offenses could be issued. An administrative review process would be available should citizens choose to appeal."

Full Story: Los Angeles City Council moves to ticket residential quality-of-life infractions

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