Study Contends California Prison Realignment Hasn’t Increased Crime


Despite being blamed by some members of law enforcement for a recent uptick in crime in some counties, there is no connection between California's prison realignment and increased criminal activity, says a report by the California-based Center of Juvenile Crime and Criminal Justice, quoted by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The report found little evidence of there being more crime due to realignment based on random crime trends in counties since the implementation of the law.

Los Angeles County, which has one of the highest percentage of realigned offenders, has continued to see a steady drop in total crime, including an 11 percent decrease in violent crime. This lack of a clear pattern of crime shows it's still too soon to draw any conclusion when it comes to the relationship between realignment and crime, said the report. California was ordered to reduce the state prison population to about 110,000, or 137.5 percent of prison capacity, as a way to improve the quality of inmates' health. To accomplish that, the legislature shifted the responsibility of monitoring lower-level inmates from the state to the counties.

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