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Study: Changes Needed in Prison Realignment Law

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Updated: 11/01/2013 1:51 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new study of Gov. Jerry Brown's two-year-old prison realignment law recommends major changes that would relieve some of the burden from California's counties.

Under the law, lower-level offenders are sent to county jails instead of state prisons, sometimes for lengthy sentences. Those released from prison are supervised by local probation officers instead of state parole agents.

The study released Friday by the Stanford Criminal Justice Center (http://stanford.io/16sWdzj ) recommends capping jail sentences at three years and having ex-offenders with serious or violent records supervised by state parole agents, not county probation.

The study also says parolees who repeatedly violate terms of their release should go to state prisons and not county jails.

In a statement, a corrections department spokeswoman says more time is needed to ensure the law's success.

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