California prison reforms have not yielded savings but also have not created crime spike

Sep 29, 2015 1:52 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California says landmark changes to California's criminal justice system four years ago have not saved the state money or reduced the rate of re-arrests for convicts.

But its report Monday says the changes also did not produce a feared spike in violent crime since October 2011.

That's when the state shifted responsibility for lower-level offenders to county jails.

Gov. Jerry Brown had predicted counties would be better at keeping offenders from committing new crimes, but the report found recidivism rates have not fallen.

Corrections spending now tops $10 billion a year, up nearly a half-billion dollars since before realignment.


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