prison realignment

January 23, 2014

Report examines California’s Public Safety Realignment and crime rates

The Public Policy Institute of California recently released a report on the state’s Public Safety Realignment initiative and resulting crime rates, suggesting property crimes have increased since the legislation went into effect. The report not only sheds light on prison realignment, but illustrates the importance of offender reentry programs. According […]
August 6, 2013

SLO County to invest in alternative programs

Santa Maria Times San Luis Obispo County officials reported positive results nearly two years into the state-mandated program to shift low-level prisoners to county jails. The county formed a committee following the passage of AB 109 to manage prisoner realignment. Officials said housing the additional inmates incurs the most expense […]
July 29, 2013

Federal judges order California to release inmates

Recently, a panel of three federal judges ruled that California must release 9,600 inmates by the end of 2013. The three-judge court stated that California needs to expand the use of good-time credits in order to trim prison sentences for nonviolent offenders. The ruling coincides with AB 109 prison realignment […]
September 21, 2012

California’s Prison Population Reduced during First Nine Months of Realignment

In 2011, the California state legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 109, commonly referred to as “Realignment.”  Realignment was designed to make fundamental changes to the California prison system by shifting non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offenders from incarceration in state prison to the supervision of local counties. According to recent data from […]