Keeping it Local
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Keeping it Local

January 2014

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The Case for Reentry Courts November 2012

The migration of prisoners to county jails under California's 2011 realignment law is leading some prosecutors to charge some potential felony offenses as misdemeanors so defendants spend the same amount of time locked up but more time supervised. And probation rolls are growing.

24% Share of county felony sentences statewide split between jail and probation (October 2011 to September 2012).

0% to 94% The range in frequency of split sentences (Modoc and Sierra counties had the lowest rates; San Benito County the highest).

34% The increase in California's adult probation population from 2010 to 2012, when it hit 416,414.

Source: Stanford Criminal Justice Center, "Voices from the Field" draft report, November 2013

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