2011 Criminal Justice Realignment


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 documentation, both policy and fiscal, 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.

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