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Unsentenced individuals comprise over 60% of California's statewide jail population. Therefore, decreasing the number of people detained pretrial can alleviate unnecessary use of jail beds and improve overall public safety outcomes.
California’s 2014 legislative session has started and policymakers are considering ways to develop comprehensive public safety policy. Recent reports by the Legislative Analysts Office and Little Hoover Commission provide a necessary roadmap for the state.
Realignment has elevated concern regarding the intersection of the bail industry and California’s un-sentenced jail population. Many advocates have expressed concern that a significant number of this un-sentenced population remains confined to local county jails solely due to their inability to meet the monetary obligations of their set bail. The concerns of a diverse group of stakeholders lead the Little Hoover Commission to examine the issue in late 2012.
Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.
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