At a panel discussion in April hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California, lawmakers called on the state to do a better job measuring how effectively counties are carrying out prison realignment. The court-ordered unstuffing of California prisons has sent lower-level offenders to county jails instead, raising concerns over the effect of the increased burden locally.
“We have a lot of programs out there. Nobody seems to be able to tell me (whether) they work,” Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, said at the PPIC event. “There has been no analysis.”
Now PPIC has done one. In a new study, research fellows Mia Bird and Ryken Grattet find that counties emphasizing reentry services for prisoners have made some improvement on California’s historically high recidivism rate.
Grattet will discuss the report during a briefing at noon at the CSAC Conference Center on 11th Street.