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Role Of New Criminal Justice Agency Questioned

Publication Date: 
March 08, 2012
Source: 
Daily Journal
Author: 
Henry Meier

Professor Joan Petersilia spoke with Henry Meier of the Daily Journal to discuss the new Board of State and Community Corrections and how it affects California's criminal justice policies.

In just four months, a new state agency is set to launch that will oversee criminal justice policies at the state and local level.

There's just one problem: No one seems to know exactly what its responsibilities should be.

On July 1, the Corrections Standards Authority will cease to exist as a division of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The new Board of State and Community Corrections represents an effort to provide a greater level of support and supervision to a criminal justice system that has undergone a major shift towards local control under the provisions of realignment.

'I don't know anybody who knows what the plans for it are.' - David Ball

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"The LAO, in fact, looked at this agency for the first time and found a lack of clear guidelines," said Stanford Law professor Joan Petersilia who is the co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. "The BSCC could fill a huge void in monitoring the progress of realignment."

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"The big question is what the BSCC should be doing," said David Ball a professor at Santa Clara School of Law who is doing research on various aspects of realignment. "I don't know anybody who knows what the plans for it are."