Administration of Justice


Administration of Justice

The Administration of Justice Policy Committee has responsibility for a broad array of justice-related issues that includes juvenile justice; probation; courts; local law enforcement; adult and juvenile detention; public records, privacy and open meetings; grand juries; and all county functions connected to the civil and criminal justice systems. The committee has primary responsibility for the development of policies relating to the administration and financing of the various county programs under its purview.

Chair: John Viegas, Glenn County
Vice-Chair: Virginia Bass, Humboldt County

CSAC Staff:

Darby Kernan, Legislative Representative
Stanicia Boatner,  Legislative Analyst
Karen Schmelzer, Legislative Assistant


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The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

In the current fiscal environment, most states and counties face tough budget choices and lack the resources to support traditional levels of public services. Increasingly, policy makers seek programs and policies that yield the greatest benefits in the most cost-effective way. 




What is Realignment?

The 2011 Criminal Justice Realignment became effective on October 1, 2011. AB 109 (Chapter 15, Statutes of 2011) and other subsequent legislation provided the framework for the transfer of responsibility and funding for various adult offender populations and vested county Community Corrections Partnerships with the responsibility to advise county boards of supervisors as to how their county should implement realignment and invest resources at the local level. Under realignment counties are now responsible for the following:

Low level offenders. Offenders convicted of non-serious, non-violent and non-sex offenses with some exceptions – who prior to realignment could have been sent to state prison – now serve their time in local jails or under a form of alternative custody overseen by counties.

Post-release community supervision. County probation departments now supervise a specified population of inmates discharging from prison whose commitment offense was non-violent and non-serious.

Parole violators. Parolees – excluding those serving life terms – who violate the terms of their parole serve any detention sanction in the local jail rather than state prison.

It is important to note that effective July 1, 2013 local courts will be responsible for parole revocation hearings for parolees who violate the terms of their parole.

We have gathered for your documentation, both policy and fiscal related, that has been distributed to our membership regarding realignment. Additionally, we have provided links to other helpful websites related to realignment. If you should have any questions on realignment please feel free to contact the CSAC Administration of Justice Policy Staff below

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Darby Kernan        
Legislative Representative, Administration of Justice        
916.327.7500 ext. 537        
Amalia Mejia        
Program Coordinator, Results First Project        
916.327.7500 ext. 514        

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