Tweaking realignment

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Court's order can't be used as excuse not to fix policy

Excerpted from The Record, (Stockton, Calif.)

“State lawmakers have offered several bills to tweak realignment, including one by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman. The Stockton Democrat's proposal would give judges discretion to send some who violate their parole back to state prison for up to a year rather than to county jail for a maximum of 180 days.

Unfortunately, the Assembly Public Safety Committee last week held Eggman's proposal for further study after hearing CDCR officials testify about prison overcrowding. They fear proposals to modify realignment will increase the state prison population, making it even harder to comply with the court's order.

Fine, as long as this bill and the others are actually studied and not simply shelved. Prison realignment, which became the law in October 2011, was the state's hurry-up approach to the federal order to reduce the number of inmates incarcerated. Nobody claimed the approach was perfect and indeed it has been demonstrated to be anything but.”