7/25/2012 Probation News

Chief Probation Officers of California Issue First Realignment Report

Sacramento – The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) have issued their first report on Public Safety Realignment for the first six months of the program ending June 30, 2012. Statistics from all 58 counties have been included in the report.

“It is clear that Realignment is already dramatically changing criminal justice in California, with the state prison population under 140,000 for the first time since 1996,” said Steve Bordin, President of CPOC and Chief Probation Officer of Butte County. “Our goal is to put out data for public consumption and analysis. It is important to have facts available to guide policy decisions as we implement this historic reform.”

Statewide, 38,000 individuals who would have been the responsibility of the State are instead supervised and housed by local county probation and sheriff departments. That number includes 23,000 who are now under the supervision of local probations departments as “Post Release Community Supervision” (PRCS) offenders instead of as parolees under state jurisdiction. As a result, the number under state parole supervision is under 70,000 for the first time in more than a decade.

Some initial findings in the report:

The number of PRCS offenders statewide is about as predicted. California’s 12 county central region received 8% more offenders than expected while counties in the Sacramento and Bay Area received approximately 5% fewer than expected.

Seven percent of PRCS releases from state prison have had a warrant issued for their arrest for failing to appear within the ordered timeline. Fewer than 4% of PRCS offenders had warrants for not maintaining adequate contact with their probation officer, after they have arrived in the county as of March 31, 2012, compared to a similar statistic for parolees monitored by the state at a rate of 14%.

The entire report, which is a first look at statewide data trend and impacts, can be viewed on the CPOC website: 

CPOCbrief11.pdf

California public safety practices have been dramatically changed since the passage of California Assembly bill (AB 109 and AB 118). Every community has the flexibility to develop their Realignment plan and collect their data in a manner that addresses local priorities and needs. The expansion of local control and resources provides counties with an opportunity to improve offender outcomes.

“It is simply too early to report all measurable outcomes after only six months, but CPOC will continue to report outcomes in the months to come because it is important that Californians understand the impacts of these changes,” saidMichael Daly, Chair of CPOC Research Committee and Chief Probation Officer of Marin County.

CPOC is uniquely positioned to tell this statewide story. The long term outcomes for communities will ultimately measure the success of Realignment as a criminal justice policy.

“Transparency and accountability is important to CPOC. While there is no requirement to track or share these statistics, CPOC took on a leadership role to coordinate all county probation departments in this endeavor,” said Karen Pank, Executive Director of CPOC.

The report was made possible in part by The James Irvine Foundation.

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