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Alameda County Ahead of Curve With Realignment
Alameda County Ahead of Curve With Realignment California Progress Report, July 25, 2012
Shasta County faces challenges under prison realignment
Shasta County faces challenges under prison realignment Redding Record Searchlight, July 21, 2012
Occupy Redwood City to protest new San Mateo County jail
Occupy Redwood City to protest new San Mateo County jail PressTV, July 14, 2012
Prison Crisis: Local Solution?
Prison Crisis: Local Solution? Making Contact, June 28, 2012
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline California Progress Report, June 25, 2012
Deliberate strategies in Santa Cruz alleviate jail space
California has seen a dramatic increase in state and local incarceration rates since the 1970's.  The current crisis confronting state and county justice systems is the product of what is now recognized as poorly conceived correctional policy and decision making primarily at the state level.  The massive rate of incarceration was avoidable.  A CJCJ recent analysis , conducted with the support and collaboration of the Santa Cruz County Probation and Sheriff Departments and the County's Superior…
Monterey County judges raise bail rates, already among highest in state
Monterey County judges raise bail rates, already among highest in state Monterey Herald, June 16, 2012
Monterey County Jail overcrowding stymies rehabilitation programs
Monterey County Jail overcrowding stymies rehabilitation programs Monterey Herald, June 16, 2012
Are California Counties Spending Prisoner Realignment Money Wisely?
Are California Counties Spending Prisoner Realignment Money Wisely? CBS SF, June 14, 2012
Calif. Inmate Population at Lowest Level in 17 Years
Calif. Inmate Population at Lowest Level in 17 Years KQED News, June 14, 2012
LA County is sending drastically fewer people to prison post-realignment
LA County is sending drastically fewer people to prison post-realignment KPCC Radio, June 14, 2012
Lessons Learned: The Santa Cruz County Story
Lessons Learned: The Santa Cruz County Story
Who's crowding California's jails
Who's crowding California's jails KPCC, May 15, 2012
Build bigger jails or invest in community-based alternatives?
In 2010, 71 percent of California's jail population were those offenders who were unsentenced and awaiting resolution of their cases.  This figure not only exceeds the pretrial detainee national average, but also represents a major shift away from the traditional use of jails where inmates are detained as a form of punishment.  However, many of these pretrial detainees are not being held because they have been determined to be a danger to society or represent a flight risk. Rather, they remain…
County approves jail contracts
County approves jail contracts Daily Journal, May 9, 2012
An analysis of San Mateo proposal for jail construction
A recent ACLU report found that that 24 of the 25 largest California counties plan on using realigned state funding to pay for dramatic expansions of jail beds.   CJCJ's Brian Heller de Leon reviewed the report in his blog, Adult realignment and the county jail building boom . The ACLU report notes, "Counties that have chosen a path of jail expansion - as many of the Big 25 county realignment plans indicate they have - are trying to solve the wrong problem.  They seek to absorb the realigned…
Could bail reform bail out California's overcrowded jails?
Could bail reform bail out California's overcrowded jails? KALW radio, April 30, 2012
Adult realignment provides counties with opportunities for innovation
Data from the Corrections Standards Authority shows that 71% of jail space in California counties is filled by individuals who are unsentenced.  For the simple reason of not being able to afford a bail amount that varies widely from county to county for the same sentence, these individuals are separated from their communities, families, receive no rehabilitative programming, taking up jail beds that should be used for offenders determined to be a risk to their community, all at the costs of…
Adult realignment and the county jail building boom
Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union released an insightful, comprehensive report on county plans for a massive jail expansion using funding allocated through Assembly Bill 109 and Assembly Bill 900.   AB 109 is the adult realignment bill that shifted responsibility for supervising low-level offenders (non-non-non's) from the state to the county level along with $367 million for first-year implementation.  Adult realignment in California comes at time when public opinion is shifting…
Jail Needs Assessment for San Mateo County: A preliminary analysis
Jail Needs Assessment for San Mateo County: A preliminary analysis
Will realignment cut costs and reduce California's prison population?
The most definitive answer I heard to this question at today's panel   on Realignment, sponsored by the Warren Institute on Law and Policy at UC Berkeley, was  "no one knows."  The outcomes of criminal justice realignment are still unclear as it recently went into effect October 1st.  Other factors include the difficulties in knowing how many offenders realignment will actually affect due to the specificity of offender categories outlined for local supervision and "justice by geography."   By…
Myths vs. Facts -- Clearing up the realignment debate
As counties start preparing for the impact of criminal justice realignment (AB 109), it is important to clarify some common misconceptions about what will actually happen on October 1, 2011.  Governor Brown's realignment plan is directly tied to the May 23, 2011 Supreme Court decision to reduce prison-overcrowding, as it focuses on the same population of non-violent, non-serious, non-sexual offenders.  Initial reactions to the decision were based in fear and uncertainty.  For example, Justice…
Can California County Jails Absorb Low-Level State Prisoners?
Can California County Jails Absorb Low-Level State Prisoners?
The $100,000 bed
About a week ago someone sent me a story in the Pahrump Valley Times about a proposed new jail. For those not familiar with Pahrump, it is a town of about 25,000 located about 60 miles west of Las Vegas. The County Commissioners decided to issue $25.5 million in general obligation bonds for the project.  The proposed jail would hold about 225 people.  That turns out to be $113,000 per bed.    The report noted that the County "will take advantage of Build America Bonds under the American…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 2, Number 1 - Summer 2005
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Waiver of Juveniles to Criminal Court: Judicial Discretion and Racial Disparity The View From the Other Side of the Fence: Incarcerated Women Talk about Themselves Focus on Family and Fatherhood: Lessons from Fairfax County's Responsible Fatherhood Program for Incarcerated Dads Doing Jail Time: The Socialization Process of a County Jail Environment From the editor By Randall G. Shelden, M.A., Ph.D. From the Editor I would like to welcome…

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