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


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