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Unlocking California


November 12, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 180

California is undergoing a prison downsizing experiment of historical significance. Due to the Plata/Coleman SCOTUS decision in May 2011, California prisons needed to reduce their population by roughly 25% within two years. The  Legislature's solution was "The Public Safety Realignment Act" (AB 109). Stanford has been studying the impacta of AB 109 for the last two years, and Dr. Petersilia will give an overview of the conditions leading to prison crowding, the Act, and its impact on to date. She will also offer policy recommendations.  California's experiment has national implications, particularly as the nation and the DOJ are hoping to reduce mass incarceration by reducing the imprisonment of low-level drug and property offenders. All students are invited to attend.