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Looking Past the Hype: 10 Questions Everyone Should Ask About California's Prison Realignment


Joan Petersilia


Stanford University

Jessica Snyder


Stanford Law School

April 17, 2013

California Journal of Politics and Policy. Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 266–306, ISSN (Online) 1944-4370, ISSN (Print) 2194-6132, DOI: 10.1515/cjpp-2013-0011, April 2013

Abstract:     
California’s Criminal Justice Realignment Act passed in 2011 shifted vast discretion for managing lower-level offenders from the state to the county, allocated over $2 billion in the first 2 years for local programs, and altered sentences for more than 100,000 offenders. Despite the fact that it is the biggest penal experiment in modern history, the state provided no funding to evaluate its overall effect on crime, incarceration, justice agencies, or recidivism. We provide a framework for a comprehensive evaluation by raising 10 essential questions: (1) Have prison populations been reduced and care sufficiently improved to bring prison medical care up to a Constitutional standard? (2) What is the impact on victim rights and safety? (3) Will more offenders participate in treatment programs, and will recidivism be reduced? (4) Will there be equitable sentencing and treatment across counties? (5) What is the impact on jail crowding, conditions, and litigation? (6) What is the impact on police, prosecution, defense, and judges? (7) What is the impact on probation and parole? (8) What is the impact on crime rates and community life? (9) How much will realignment cost? Who pays? (10) Have we increased the number of people under criminal justice supervision?

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Keywords: prison realignment, California corrections, criminal justice, prisons, probation and parole, Jails, victim’s rights, penology

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Date posted: April 20, 2013  

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Petersilia, Joan and Snyder, Jessica, Looking Past the Hype: 10 Questions Everyone Should Ask About California's Prison Realignment (April 17, 2013). California Journal of Politics and Policy. Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 266–306, ISSN (Online) 1944-4370, ISSN (Print) 2194-6132, DOI: 10.1515/cjpp-2013-0011, April 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2254110

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Joan Petersilia (Contact Author)
Stanford University ( email )
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
Jessica Snyder
Stanford Law School ( email )
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States
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