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New Research on Public Safety Realignment

Passed in 2011 by the California Legislature, Public Safety Realignment shifted to counties the responsibility for monitoring, tracking, and incarcerating lower-level offenders previously bound for state prison. In brief, AB 109 (and AB 117, a companion bill) altered both sentencing and post-prison supervision for the newly statutorily classified “non-serious, non-violent, non-sex” offenders. To better appreciate the extent and ramifications of the legislation, the Stanford Criminal Justice Center undertook a number of research projects to analyze decision-making and resource allocation within California's 58 counties.  


The New Normal? Prosecutorial Charging in California After Public Safety Realignment by W. David Ball and Robert Weisberg (January 2014).

  • Link to full report here

Reallocation of Responsibility: Changes to the Correctional System in California Post-Realignment by Lisa T. Quan, Sara Abarbanel, and Debbie Mukamal (January 2014).

  • Link to full report here
  • Link to Executive Summary here

Assessing Judicial Sentencing Preferences After Public Safety Realignment: A Survey of California Judges by Robert Weisberg and Lisa T. Quan (January 2014). 

  • Link to full report here

Follow the Money: How California Counties Are Spending Their Public Safety Realignment Funds by Jeffrey Lin and Joan Petersilia (January 2014). 

  • Link to full report here
  • Link to Executive Summary here

Voices from the Field: How California Stakeholders View Public Safety Realignment by Joan Petersilia (January 2014).

    • Link to full report here