Sheriff Donny Youngblood explains struggle to stop violence before it starts

Homicides have reached an all-time high across the county. "Historically, chiefs of police, sheriffs don't take credit when the homicide rate goes down, because they know next year they're going to have to explain why it went back up." said Sheriff Donny Youngblood. In 2019 there were 99 total homicides in Kern County. This year, we've seen 136 so far, that's an increase of 37 percent compared to last year. Historically, 2018 was the deadliest year ever in Kern County with 114 homicides.