The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Southwest Detention Center confirmed this morning that Ron Kimmerle, 49, of Pine Cove was released at midnight, May 30. The deputy said it was a federally ordered release “because of jail overcrowding.”
Kimmerle did not have to post bail since this was a federally mandated release because of county jail overcrowding. State realignment of many low level, non-violent criminals from state prisons to county jails has caused Riverside County jails to be at full capacity. As a result, non-violent criminals are being given early release and those charged with non-violent crimes who are not yet convicted are also likely to be released prior to hearing dates. Additional county inmate bed capacity will not increase for a number of years given the time it will take to expand the Indio jail facility.
Kimmerle’s charges, 2 counts of felony burglary and 2 of felony receiving stolen property still stand. Kimmerle is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m., June 1 for a felony settlement conference at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.