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The complex link between incarceration and public safety

Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding focuses on increasing incarceration, rather than enhancing public safety.

Brown Can Release Prisoners Early Without Compromising Public Safety

To meet the court’s mandate by the end of the year, Brown needs to begin releasing identified low-risk inmates now - a step both the federal and the U.S. Supreme Court agree "would be consistent with public safety."

Brown can release prisoners early without compromising public safety

Gov. Brown must reduce the state's prison population by 10,000 people or be held in contempt of Court. Systematically releasing low-risk inmates is a safe and just way to meet this mandate.

Youth rehabilitation bill clears Assembly Public Safety Committee

California’s counties are one step closer to having more resources to treat and rehabilitate youth who have committed serious or violent offenses.

California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: Nine Years After Farrell

This publication reviews the progress DJF has made in implementing Court-ordered reforms, using qualitative and quantitative data from the court-appointed expert in safety and welfare, the Special Master who oversees all Farrell reforms, and the CDCR. 

Beyond Realignment: Counties’ large disparities in imprisonment underlie ongoing prison crisis

California’s crises of prison overcrowding, unsustainable costs, and court-ordered population reductions are perpetuated by the disparate implementation of Realignment.

Against violence and against incarceration

Anti-violence activists, who often demand harsher penalties for offenders, tend to work in opposition to those fighting overuse of incarceration, who call for the opposite. This antagonism leaves women of color on the sidelines, as they are disproportionately impacted by both gender-based violence and the criminal justice system.

For Troubled Youth, Prison-like Settings do more Harm than Good

In the early morning hours of May 11, 2011, while sleeping on his living room sofa, Jeffrey Hall was shot dead from point-blank range. The killer was Hall’s son who had a long history of violence.

For Real Prison Reform, Longer is Not Always Better

Last week, while defiantly declaring the end of California's prison crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown insisted further reductions in prison overcrowding "cannot be achieved without the early release of inmates serving time for serious or violent felonies"

California’s Urban Crime Increase in 2012: Is “Realignment” to Blame?

This publication analyzes whether Realignment — in this case, the 46,000 offenders diverted to local management — contributed to increase in urban offenses in the first half of 2012.

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Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.

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