One of the unintended consequences of the realignment has been that county jails are now becoming infused with prison culture, which has always been true, but never to the degree and depth as it is now, as reported by the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.
“The California-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation has been monitoring the effect of Governor Brown’s Public Safety Realignment law (AB109) since it took effect in October 2011. The law shifts responsibility for supervising most habitual felons released from state prison to counties and prevents criminals who commit new theft, burglary, assault and drug-related crimes from being sentenced to state prison. Local sheriff’s offices across the state have expressed concerns that counties have neither the jail capacity nor resources to house or supervise the thousands of repeat felons they are now required to deal with. As a result, local jails designed to house relatively low-level…
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