PPIC Releases Report on Probation in California
September 14, 2017
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) report, California Probation in the Era of Reform looks at how recent criminal justice reforms, 2011 Realignment and Proposition 47 have altered the role of county probation departments in California. In 2011, the state enacted public safety realignment, which shifted the management of lower-level felons from state prison and parole to county jail and probation.
As part of this effort, county probation departments were tasked with an increase of offenders to supervise. In 2014, voters approved Proposition 47, which required that certain drug and property offenses be charged as misdemeanors. This proposition required that these individuals serve their sentences in county jail instead of state prison.
This report uses newly available data from 12 counties between October 2011 and October 2015, to describe the changing characteristics of individuals under probation supervision in California. To view the report, please click here.