Felons released from California prisons are committing new crimes at about the same rate they did before Gov. Jerry Brown switched their supervision to county probation under a “realignment” plan, but a new report says repeat offenses are up, reports the Los Angeles Times. A new study from the state corrections department said there is “very little difference between the one-year arrest and conviction rates of offenders released pre- and post-realignment.”
The state chose not to highlight a study finding that repeat offenses increased during the short-term study, and that offenders are much more likely than in the past to be arrested for a felony. The felony rate rose from 34.6 percent to 42.5 percent after realignment. The study of 37,000 offenders released from state prisons between October 2011 and March 2012 showed that almost 59 percent of those released from prison were arrested within a year for a new crime. That compares with 62 percent of the 52,000 offenders released from prison in the same six-month period a year before. The report demonstrates realignment’s effect in reducing prison populations. The number of inmates returned to prison dropped from 21,800 before realignment to 2,780 after.