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CA Criminal Justice Realignment

Published on: 3/13/2013 4:14 PM
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WHAT IS REALIGNMENT? 
 
Legislation to reduce the prospective prison population as well as encourage counties to invest in rehabilitative programming for its offenders to reduce recidivism. 
 
HOPES FOR REALIGNMENT
 
  • Increased use of community sanctions and programs, reduction in incarceration
  • Reduce recidivism by: 
    • Providing access to treatment, housing and employment opportunities
    • Providing access to helpful people and services in the community
  • Reduce costs
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
 
  • No inmates in state prison will be transferred to county jails
  • No inmates currently in state prison will be released early
  • All people sent to state prison will continue to serve their entire sentence in state prison
  • All people convicted of current or prior serious or violent offenses, felony sex offenses, and sex offenses against children will go to state prison
THE NEW SENTENCING SCHEME
 
  • Low level felony offenders will serve their sentence in county jail
  • Excluded: 
    • Violent felony current or prior convictions
    • Serious felony current or prior convictions
    • Anyone who registers as a sex offender
For a list of eligible 1170(h) offenses please click here
 
WHAT IS POSTRELEASE COMMUNITY SUPERVISION (PRCS)?
 
  • Some persons who would have formerly released on parole will now be subject to PRCS by the Probation Department
  • Persons will be subject to PRCS, which will consist of evidence-based practices
  • The person will be subject to agreed upon intermediate sanctions upon a showing of good cause without a violation hearing
    • Includes flash incarceration
    • Electronic monitoring
    • Community Service