The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Southwest Detention Center confirmed on Wednesday, May 30 that Ron Kimmerle, 49, of Pine Cove had been released at midnight that day. The SDC deputy said Kimmerle’s release was federally mandated “because of jail overcrowding.” Because of the federal release, Kimmerle did not have to post bail. Riverside County Superior Court charges against him — 2 counts of felony burglary and 2 of felony receiving stolen property — remain in force.
Kimmerle had been scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m., June 1 for a felony settlement conference at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. When he failed to appear, the court issued a bench warrant for his re-arrest.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hemet Station deputies executed the warrant in Pine Cove around 11 a.m.. Saturday June 2, Kimmerle’s fourth arrest in fewer than six weeks. Kimmerle is again in jail at Southwest Detention Center awaiting an 8:30 a.m., June 8 felony settlement conference at Southwest Justice Center. Bail is set at $120,000.
California is under order from the United States Supreme Court to reduce prison overcrowding in its 33 prisons, on 8th Amendment grounds. The Court ordered the state in 2011 to reduce its prison population by about 33,000 inmates. Built to accommodate 80,000 inmates, California prison population in 2011 was almost double that. The Court’s 2011 order required the state to cut prison population to 137.5 percent of design capacity over a two-year period to a maximum of 110,000 inmates. The mechanism for making the cuts could be through transfer to county jail systems or by housing prisoners out of state, with California paying costs.
State realignment of many low-level, non-violent criminals from state prisons to county jails that began in Oct. 2011 caused Riverside County jails to reach full capacity in Jan. 2012. As a result, non-violent and non-sexual predator criminals are being given early release and those charged and not yet convicted of non-violent crimes, like Kimmerle, are also likely to be released prior to hearing dates because of lack of jail beds. 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.