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The number of aging state and federal inmates is rising. Between 1981 and 2010, the number of inmates age 55 and older increased from 8,853 to 124,900.
SB 649, authored by State Senator Mark Leno, pursues a similar approach to Realignment by recognizing that people convicted of simple drug possession, as well as the overall community, will not benefit from austere penalties. Rather, these individuals would benefit greatly from sentences that expand access to rehabilitation, which can be better provided through this bill.
Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.
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