Yardstick for realignment

FresnoJune 25, 2014 

Regarding the June 19 article "Revamping suggested for recidivism definition," I find it quite amusing that in April Gov. Brown stated that "I can report … that realignment is working." The stated goal of this legislation was to reduce recidivism "among criminal offenders." (Pen. Code, § 17.5) It was not "intended to alleviate state prison overcrowding." (Pen. Code, § 17.5, subd. (b).) However, the term "recidivism" has not been defined. Only recently did the Legislature mandate that the Board of State Community Corrections come up with a definition of that term. (Pen. Code, § 6027, subd. (b)(3), eff. Jan. 1, 2014.) So how can one know the success of AB 109, when the yardstick to determine its success has not even been determined?

Kenneth Carver

Fresno

The Fresno Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service