Calif. realignment study shows decrease in post-prison arrests.

Author:Ferguson, Paige
Position:MEW BRIEFS - Report

Arrest rates have decreased and conviction rates have stayed about the same for offenders who went through California's 2011 realignment plan, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Realignment Report. The study tracked offenders who were released from prison after serving their full sentences during the first six months (October 2011-March 2012) of realignment implementation, for one year. Researchers studied whether offenders were rearrested, convicted of a new crime or returned to state prison within that timeframe. A control group of offenders released prerealignment (October 2010-March 2011) was also followed for one year.

The study's results show that 58.7 percent of post-realignment offenders were rearrested versus 62 percent of prerealignment offenders; 22.5 percent of post-realignment offenders were...

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