Two Year Anniversary of Realignment
State Shifts Prisoners to Local Jails and Shortchanges Some Counties
Two years ago this week, California enacted a major change in criminal justice commonly referred to as public safety realignment. Under the bill that initiated realignment – AB 109 – thousands of inmates were shifted from state prisons to local county jails. The idea of realignment is simple: save money by paying local government agencies to house tens of thousands of inmates who would have been state prisoners. However, has the state lived up to its promises to local communities?
On the second anniversary of realignment, California Budget Fact Check examines how the realignment formula has subtly shifted in favor of higher populated counties.