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NCJ Number: NCJ 247084     Find in a Library
Title: Voices from the Field: How California Stakeholders View Public Safety Realignment
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Author(s): Joan Petersilia, Ph.D.
Date Published: 01/2014
Page Count: 14
  Annotation: Based on interviews with 125 criminal justice practitioners in California’s municipal and county agencies, as well as associated mental health and victim services agencies, this study examined their views of the State’s “Realignment” policies instituted in 2011, which involve shifting responsibility from the State to the counties for managing certain lower level offenders and parolees.
Abstract: Many stakeholders expressed a realistic perspective toward Realignment, noting that such a radical change takes time, and achieving the intended results. i.e., more effective criminal justice services, requires persistent effort and patience. The interviews revealed that counties are struggling to fulfill their newly imposed responsibilities; however, respondents agreed that Realignment is here to stay and that the old system was yielding unsatisfactory and even abusive results. In presenting the findings of the interviews, this report distinguishes the findings from probation staff, public defenders and prosecutors, police, county sheriffs, and judges. Despite distinctive differences in the views expressed, however, several common concerns and suggested revisions emerged from the interviews. The most frequently mentioned suggestions were to create a statewide tracking database for offenders under probation supervision in the counties; allow an offender’s criminal history to be taken into account when determining whether the county or State will supervise a parolee; and cap county jail sentences at 3 years. 6 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Intergovernmental relations ; Criminal justice system reform ; California ; County
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

James Irvine Foundation
United States of America
Grant Number: 2012-IJ-CX-0002
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Research (Applied/Empirical) ; Report (Grant Sponsored) ; Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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