Audit says jail releases jumped 37 percent after realignment

Apr 21, 2015 7:47 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new audit says county jails increased the number of inmates they released by 37 percent statewide during the first three years after California began sending lower-level offenders to local lockups instead of state prisons.

The rate from mid-2014 is slightly higher than previously reported.

The audit released Tuesday says the number of inmates freed early increased from about 10,200 in September 2011, just before the change in state law, to more than 14,000 in June 2014, the most recent date available.

Auditors praised the Board of State and Community Corrections for doing a better job of collecting information that counties can use to make criminal justice decisions.

The data includes reports on arrests, crimes and demographics, and sharing information about how other counties are dealing with realignment.

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