Monthly Archives: April 2013

A HUGE OPPORTUNITY

patricia-bennettThe Public Safety Realignment Act, known as AB 109 or “Realignment”, has given our local communities a chance to implement “the most significant change in criminal justice in California in more than three decades”.[1] California is requiring counties to oversee all non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offenders by either putting them on county-supervised probation or by having them serve their time in county jails instead of sending them to State prison. Counties will also be responsible for post-release supervision and rehabilitative programming. Realignment is based on “a fundamental acknowledgement that counties are better positioned to integrate public health and social services as part of rehabilitation and reentry”[2] than the State as a whole.

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