Capitol Alert

AM Alert: How are California counties handling prison realignment?

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.

VIDEO: Battles over plastic grocery bags and ride-sharing services are dominating the end of the legislative session, Dan Walters says.

MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ‘ROUND: Who’s raking in the campaign cash as election season heats up? The Bee’s Capitol Alert Insider Edition app has got you covered. Our new interactive campaign finance tool is updated daily with contribution filings and independent expenditures, as well as running lists of the top donors, recipients, independent expenditure contests and committees. The Insider Edition app is available for download in the iTunes and Google Play stores for mobile and tablet devices.

IN MEMORIAM: The trailblazing Sacramento politician Grantland Johnson died Tuesday at the age of 65 from complications related to diabetes and congestive heart failure. A former director of the California Health and Welfare Agency under Gov. Gray Davis, he will honored at a memorial service at the Antioch Progressive Church, Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, who turns 37 today.

READ MORE: Re-arrest rate unchanged under California prison realignment, a January investigation from The Bee’s Brad Branan