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Study: County Approaches Differ On Prison Reforms

Publication Date: 
November 08, 2013
Source: 
San Jose Mercury News (AP)
Author: 
Don Thompson

A new study by the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, which offers the first statisitcal analysis of how California's counties are responding to the state's realignment plan, is featured in the San Jose Mercury News article.

A university study released Friday showing how California counties are spending $4.4 billion to implement Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment law found that nearly 20 percent have fundamentally changed how they approach criminal justice.

The subsidies to counties are guaranteed as part of the 2-year-old law that is sending lower-level offenders to county jails instead of state prisons. The law also leaves it to county probation departments, instead of state parole agents, to supervise those released from prison.

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The study by the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, ( http://stanford.io/17gT1tc), compared, among other indicators, incarceration rates, county budgets and first-year plans for spending the $4.4 billion allocated to local governments by the state expected through the 2016-17 fiscal year. It offers the first statistical analysis of how the state's 58 counties are responding to the governor's criminal justice realignment plan.