Northeast Bakersfield

Prison realignment parolee accused of rape

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man out on the streets as a result of state prison realignment is now suspected of raping and holding a woman against her will for three days.

Police were called Thursday night to the area of Baker and Lincoln streets for a sexual assault investigation.

Officers determined 45-year-old Savon Dooney Dennis detained the woman, punched her, held a knife to her throat and raped her, according to police. Dennis also allegedly threatened to kill the woman if she called police.

Dennis and the woman knew each other before this alleged incident, but police withheld details of their relationship.

Officers found and arrested Dennis on numerous allegations, including false imprisonment, rape by force and probation violation.

Dennis was on post-release community supervision pursuant to Assembly Bill 109, which went into effect in October 2011. AB 109 transferred tens of thousands of inmates from the state's overcrowded prisons into county jails. The ripple effect was thousands of criminals getting early prison releases and thousands more never being sent to prison in the first place, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office.

From the state: What is AB 109?

All state prisoners sent to county supervision under AB 109 are supposed to be nonviolent, nonserious and nonsexual offenders.