No Spike In Crime From California Prison Realignment; Re-Arrest Rates, Costs SteadyThe nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California says landmark changes to California's criminal justice system four years ago have not saved the state money or reduced the rate of re-arrests for convicts.
California Releasing Thousands Of Inmates Early To Relieve Overcrowded JailsMore than 13,500 inmates across California are being released early each month to relieve crowding in local jails -- a 34 percent increase over the last three years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
San Mateo County Approves Transferring Inmates From Overcrowded Jail To Alameda CountySan Mateo County has approved spending $3 million to transfer inmates across The Bay to relieve jail overcrowding to Alameda County, where there's more room.
California Deadline To Cut Prison Population Extended Once Again A panel of federal judges has extended California's deadline to cut its prison population to about 110,000 inmates until April 18, 2014.
Study Attributes Boost In Property Crime To State Prison RealignmentAuto theft increased significantly in California and other property crimes also rose after the state began an initiative resulting in more inmates being released early.
More California Sex Offenders Go Missing Under Prison Realignmenthe number of paroled sex offenders who are fugitives in California is 15 percent higher today than before Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping law enforcement realignment law took effect 17 months ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the state corrections department.
1 Year After California Prison Realignment, ACLU Says More Reform NeededWith Monday marking one year since the state's prison realignment legislation went into effect, the American Civil Liberties Union of California Thursday released an assessment of the realignment process thus far and how voters perceive the state's criminal justice system.
$160M Approved For New San Mateo County Jail Many residents oppose the plan, calling for county officials to spend on other programs.
Contra Costa County Receives Federal Grant To Keep Inmates From ReturningContra Costa County has received a $750,000 federal grant to help paroled low-level offenders successfully re-enter the community and avoid returning to jail or prison.
Bill Would Eliminate Criminal History Box On Some Job ApplicationsContra Costa continues to receive low-level offenders as part of the state’s realignment plan to ease prison overcrowding, and now there is an effort to get inmates out of jail, and into employment.
ACLU Report Critical Of California’s Prison Realignment ProgramCalifornia has transferred about 15 percent of its prison population to the counties since last October in a move to reduce overcrowding. However, the ACLU is out with a new report that criticizes how counties are dealing with all the new prisoners.
San Francisco Prosecutors Getting Real World Advice On SentencingA former gang member who turned his life around to become a social worker will help San Francisco prosecutors decide how best to pursue criminal charges against some offenders.