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Alameda County realignment plan 'ambitious' but moving in the right direction
Alameda County realignment plan 'ambitious' but moving in the right direction Oakland Tribune, December 11, 2011
Counties dilemma: how to use funds for inmates
Counties dilemma: how to use funds for inmates San Francisco Chronicle, December 5, 2011
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?
We can't just shoot 'em
California's growing budget crisis and prison lawsuits are focusing more attention on a serious policy question: Are there better ways to reduce crime and treat criminals than by spending $36,000 in taxpayer dollars every year to lock up each low-level property and drug possession offender in state prison? California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reports show the state now imprisons 30,000 offenders sentenced for non-invasion property crimes or simple drug possession, at a cost…
Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States
Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States
Half Truths: The Complicated Story of D.C.'s Halfway House "Escapees"
Half Truths: The Complicated Story of D.C.'s Halfway House "Escapees"
America's One Million Nonviolent Offenders
America's One Million Nonviolent Offenders

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