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There has already been a 39 percent reduction in new state prison admissions. Where are these prisoners going? What happens once they get there?

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Realignment Explained

Assembly Bill 109 had the objective of shedding more than 30,000 inmates from in-state prisons and significantly cutting the prison budget.

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Who Do We Lock Up? Four Key Characteristics of Cal’s Prison Population

The Lowdown | Aug 31, 2012

Who Do We Lock Up? Four Key Characteristics of Cal’s Prison Population

Who’s actually behind bars in California? Here are four key characteristics of California’s prison population: Geography The majority of inmates come from the southern part of the state. A whopping 50,000 – or 34 percent of all prisoners – come from Los Angeles County alone. But the highest incarceration rates are concentrated in poorer counties …

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News Fix | Aug 23, 2012

Video: George Gascon, Steve Cooley Back Nov. Ballot Initiative Softening 3-Strikes Law

A tale of two DA’s: George Gascon, Steve Cooley. One is a San Francisco Democrat, the other an LA Republican. Cooley lost the 2010 California Attorney General race to Kamala Harris, whom Gascon then replaced as San Francisco’s District Attorney. Now, here are the two criminal justice officials together, interviewed by Scott Shafer, discussing their […]

Realignment Explained

The Lowdown | Aug 17, 2012

Realignment Explained

Last October California began a dramatic overhaul of its severely overcrowded prison system. Assembly Bill 109 – known as realignment – had the objective of shedding more than 30,000 inmates from in-state prisons and significantly cutting the prison budget. At the time the law took effect, there were more than 143,000 inmates behind bars in …

Is California’s Prison Realignment Experiment Working?

The Lowdown | Aug 16, 2012

Is California’s Prison Realignment Experiment Working?

Depends whom you ask (real helpful, huh?). On the one hand, the state has significantly reduced its prison population since realignment went into effect last October. At the end of September 2011, there were 144,456 inmates in the state’s 33 prisons, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. (Note: that does not represent …

Shouldering the Burden: California’s New Jail Boom (interactive map)

The Lowdown | Aug 16, 2012

Shouldering the Burden: California’s New Jail Boom (interactive map)

California’s realignment process has resulted in many more new low-level offenders placed under county supervision rather than being put in the state prison system. Although the overall jail population has not changed significantly, many counties across the state have experienced a significant increase in their local sentenced inmate populations. Click on each county below for …

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Under pressure from the U.S. Supreme Court to reduce prison overcrowding and improve inmate healthcare, California Governor Jerry Brown started transferring authority for nearly 40,000 low-level convicts from state prisons to city and county systems. KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting examined the impact of these unprecedented and far reaching efforts to overhaul California's prison system.

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