CSAC Bulletin Article

PPIC Reports Examine Justice Realignment, Prop 47

September 29, 2016

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released two reports which examine the effects of 2011 Realignment and Proposition 47 of 2014, on California’s correctional system. The studies indicate that these two changes have reduced California’s prison population without causing a significant increase in crime. While crime rates have increased marginally since 2011 the increase is similar to what has occurred in other locations around the country that have not made significant changes.

The California’s County Jails in the Era of Reform report, looks at the reforms and the impacts they had on local correctional systems and their populations over the last decade. The report utilizes data collected from a collaborative study conducted by the PPIC, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and 12 counties.

The second report, California’s Historic Corrections Reforms, assesses the impact of 2011 Realignment and the implications for the future in key areas: incarceration, crime rates, recidivism and spending. To access both reports, please click here.

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