Welcome to CALrealignment.org, developed for a statewide conference on criminal justice realignment held on September 21 in Sacramento.
In April 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB109, potentially one of the most significant changes to California’s criminal justice system in decades.
A month later, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Brown v. Plata, mandating that California reduce prison overcrowding by specific population reduction benchmarks over a two-year timeline.
Among other changes, the corrections realignment plan shifts responsibility for correctional custody and supervision of more than 20,000 lower-level felony offenders from the state to the county level. When realignment implementation goes into effect on October 1, counties will begin assuming responsibility for custody, corrections, reentry, and supervision of individuals convicted for specified felony crimes. Each county’s implementation plan is being developed by its local Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee.
On September 21, a statewide conference, Innovations in Public Safety & Justice in California: Advancing Effective Justice Realignment, featured panels showcasing local implementation of evidence-based practices that can improve outcomes and help address increased population management demands and fiscal constraints. The conference covered evidence-based approaches to managing pre-trial detainee populations, sentencing, and community-based supervision.
This website will continue to present information on best practices, assist counties to access technical assistance providers, and make available county realignment plans as they are approved.
The conference and the website are being offered as resources through a partnership among the following foundations and statewide associations:
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