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  • Realignment and Recidivism in California Public Policy Institute of California, 2015California’s historic public safety realignment has had a modest effect on the state’s persistently high recidivism rates, varying across groups of offenders and counties.”
  • Whitewashing the Jury Box: How California Perpetuates the Discriminatory Exclusion of Black and Latinx Jurors Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic, 2015“We evaluated nearly 700 cases decided by the California Courts of Appeal from 2006 through 2018, which involved objections to prosecutors' peremptory challenges. In nearly 72% of these cases, district attorneys used their strikes to remove Black jurors.”
  • The Use of Prolonged Solitary Confinement in United States Prisons, Jails, and Detention Centers Center for Constitutional Rights; Legal Services for Prisoners with Children; California Prison Focus, November, 2014“The US currently detains approximately 80,000 prisoners in solitary confinement in its jails, prisons, and detention centers.”
  • Bias Behind Bars: Decreasing Disproportionate Rates of Incarcerated Women in California and Nationwide for Low-Level Offenses The Women's Foundation of California, October, 2014“Nationally-but especially in California-women have been incarcerated for nonviolent, poverty-related offenses at disproportionate rates compared to men.”
  • The Health Impacts of Prop 47: A Case Story Human Impact Partners, September, 2014(A health impact analysis study of the public health and equity benefits of reclassifying six low-level crimes of drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors in California.)
  • Rehabilitating Corrections in California: The Health Impacts of Proposition 47 Human Impact Partners, September, 2014“The key to achieving the full benefits of sentencing reform is funding and implementation of the treatment, prevention, and recovery services called for in the initiative.”
  • Liberal but Not Stupid: Meeting the Promise of Downsizing Prisons Joan Petersilia and Francis T. Cullen, Stanford Journal of Criminal Law and Policy, June, 2014“The issue of downsizing will also remain at the forefront of correctional discourse because of the court-ordered reduction in imprisonment in California...a 'criminology of downsizing' must be developed to foster effective policy interventions.”
  • Latino Voices: The Impacts of Crime and Criminal Justice Policies on Latinos Californians for Safety and Justice, June, 2014“...the data that does exist — specifically research on Latino victimization rates and their treatment in the justice system — paints a troubling picture of”
  • Is Public Safety Realignment Reducing Recidivism in California? Public Policy Institute of California, June, 2014“Realignment's success depends largely on efforts addressing recidivism among former prison inmates and other convicted offenders diverted from prison as a result of the reform.”
  • Female Realignment Report: An Examination of Female Offenders Released from State Prison in the First Year of Public Safety Realignment California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, May, 2014“...data shows that there is very little difference between female offenders and their outcomes following release after completing their State prison term pre- and post-Realignment”
  • Key Factors in California's Jail Construction Needs Public Policy Institute of California, May, 2014“This report highlights two important factors in addressing jail capacity constraints: aging jail facilities and long - term needs.”
  • Voting Rights Barriers and Discrimination in 21st Century California 2000-2013 Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, March, 2014“Structural vote dilution and discrimination continue to plague California. These voting rights violations are just as real today as they were when the VRA was first enacted in 1965...”
  • No More Shackles A report on... California's counties under the new law that limits the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, February, 2014“...specification that a prisoner known to be pregnant or in recovery after delivery shall never be restrained by the use of leg irons, waist chains, or handcuffs from behind the body.”
  • Reallocation of Responsibility: Changes to the Correctional System in California Post-Realignment Stanford Criminal Justice Center, January, 2014California has decarcerated under Realignment. The state prison population has decreased by 29,886 people since 2010, while the jail population has modestly increased by 8,229 people.”
  • The New Normal? Prosecutorial Charging in California After Public Safety Realignment Stanford Criminal Justice Center, January, 2014“As for specific substantive conclusions, the undramatic one is that most charging or recommendation preferences remain consistent with traditional severity factors and do not manifest major alterations in light of AB 109.”
  • Assessing Judicial Sentencing Preferences After Public Safety Realignment: A Survey of California Judges Stanford Criminal Justice Center, January, 2014“Our study finds that 57% of judges preferred to give an 1170(h) sentence over a felony probation sentence, except when the hypothetical contains information about the offender's substance abuse or mental illness.”
  • Voices from the Field: How California Stakeholders View Public Safety Realignment Stanford Criminal Justice Center, January, 2014“What is the result of California's great prison experiment? Even after conducting 125 interviews with agencies across California, it remains a challenge to adequately summarize the changes that Realignment (AB 109) has wrought across the state.”
  • Follow the Money: How California Counties Are Spending Their Public Safety Realignment Funds Stanford Criminal Justice Center, January, 2014“Sheriff and Law Enforcement spending is generally a product of local needs (crime conditions and dedication to law enforcement) and preference for punishment. Programs and Services spending fundamentally revolves around electoral confidence in the Sheriff”
  • Voices from the Field How California Stakeholders View Public Safety Realignment Stanford Criminal Justice Center, January, 2014“...counties now must handle virtually all drug and property crime sentences, which represented 54% of all felony arrestees convicted in California in 2010.”
  • California's 58 Crime Rates: Realignment and Crime in 2012 Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, January, 2014“he present analysis finds California's 58 counties vary dramatically in their implementation of Realignment and in their respective crime rates.”
  • Neither here nor there: Incarceration and family instability Kristin Turney, University of California, Irvine, January, 2014“[F]indings suggest that, regardless of level of relationship commitment, maintaining relationships while one partner is behind bars is difficult.”
  • California Prison Downsizing and Its Impact on Local Criminal Justice Systems Joan Petersilia, Harvard Law & Policy Review, 2014“Everyone agreed county officials are working more collaboratively toward reducing recidivism, and that new funding has fostered innovative programming. But our interviews also found counties struggling...to carry out an initiative...imposed overnight.”
  • Realignment Report An Examination of Offenders Released from State Prison in the First Year of Public Safety Realignment California Department of Corrections And Rehabilitation, December, 2013“...the one-year return to prison rate was substantially less post-Realignment, since most offenders in this cohort were ineligible to return to prison on a parole violation.”
  • Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) Health Care Evaluation Court Medical Experts, December, 2013“We find that the Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) is not providing adequate medical care, and that there are systemic issues resulting in preventable morbidity and mortality and that present an on-going serious risk of harm to patients.”
  • Funding Public Safety Realignment Public Policy Institute of California, November, 2013“Achieving lower rates of recidivism is a key goal for the state because the share of individuals returning to crime has a direct bearing on the state's ability to reduce prison crowding.”

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