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Sara Mayeux

Realignment in California: The Basics, Plus How Counties Are Preparing

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On October 1, California will start diverting low-level felony offenders and parole violators to county jail, rather than state prison, when a new law, known as “realignment,” goes into effect. The law was proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a way to bring the California prison system into compliance with the Supreme Court’s order to alleviate overcrowding, and was enacted by the Legislature in March as AB 109. I thought I’d run through a few basics of how the law will work and round up some recent news coverage from around the state. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive resource, the ACLU of Northern California has produced a helpful guide (PDF) to the law and how counties can plan for the changes.

The Mechanics

  • How will AB 109 change California sentencing practices? As of October 1, the law transfers responsibility for punishing non-serious, non-violent, non-sex felony offenses to the county level, where misdemeanors are already handled. So rather than being sent to state prison, these low-level offenders will now be punished with a term in county jail or whatever alternative sanction the county comes up with. (For those familiar with the California Penal Code, generally we’re talking about felonies punishable by the “16 months/2 years/3 years” triad.) 
  • How will AB 109 change California parole supervision? Previously, just about everyone released from a California prison had to serve a term of up to three years of “parole,” or supervision by a state parole agent. (As I’ve explained before, “parole” in California doesn’t necessarily mean “early release.”) AB 109 will gradually get rid of that system. First, as of October 1, it creates a new system of “post-release community supervision” for low-risk offenders, in which those released from prison after serving a term for a non-serious, non-violent, non-sex felony offense will be supervised by the county (either the county probation office or another agency designated by the county to take on this responsibility). State parole agents will still supervise more serious or higher-risk parolees, and anyone released onto parole supervision prior to October 1. In addition, after October 1, revocation sanctions will be served in county jail rather than state prison (whether for violating the terms of state parole or post-release community supervision). Then, in 2013, all post-release supervision will be devolved to a local responsibility — parolees will only go back to state prison if they’re convicted of new crimes. Incidentally, I like this new name of “post-release community supervision,” which I think will contribute to a more accurate public discussion of California criminal justice policy than the ambiguous term “parole.” Maybe someone in Sacramento has been reading my blog? ;-)
  • Does this mean my friend/brother/cousin/daughter/etc. in state prison might be transferred closer to home? No — realignment doesn’t involve sending any current state inmates back to county jail. It’s important to understand this point and correct misperceptions in your community, because some of the local papers are reporting on the law in a misleading way, such as this article headlined “County prepares for return of some prison inmates” — that’s not really what’s happening. That said, if you do have a friend/brother/cousin/daughter/etc. with an upcoming state prison release date, it’s possible that they may be supervised at the county level after release rather than by a state parole agent. And if you have a friend/brother/cousin/daughter/etc. currently out on parole, they’ll now wind up in county jail, rather than state prison, if they violate after October 1.

The Prognosis

  • Does the law encourage alternatives to incarceration? Yes, indirectly. The idea behind realignment is not just to relocate low-level offenders to jail instead of prison, but also to trigger broader reforms and alternatives to incarceration at the local level. The county jails, collectively, wouldn’t have room to jail the numbers of low-level offenders they’ve historically been sending to state prison. Thus, AB 109 instructs counties to explore “a range of custodial and noncustodial responses” to crime. Each county is required to establish a “Local Community Corrections Partnership” including the probation chief, district attorney, public defender, presiding judge, police chief, and a public health or social services representative. This committee must develop a realignment plan, which must then be approved by its county’s Board of Supervisors and submitted to the state.
  • How many offenders will be affected? Since the law is prospective-only, it’s too early to tell for sure; it’ll depend on how many offenders each county arrests, prosecutes, and convicts. Theoretically, counties could use realignment as a wake-up call to invest in preventive measures such as drug treatment and reentry services (although, given the current state of public finances, I doubt it), or they could expand the use of GPS monitoring, day reporting, and other alternatives to incarceration. By current estimates, though, counties are expected to see about 75,000 additional jail inmates over the next few years, as well as 26,500 low-risk released prisoners added to their county probation rolls who would previously have been supervised by state parole agents.
  • Won’t this just transfer the state’s problems down to the counties? Much depends on local implementation. Yes, if counties respond to AB 109 simply by packing their jails, then the same problems of overcrowding, high recidivism, and human rights abuses will just be replicated locally. In fact, as the ACLU notes, “because jails were never designed for long-term detention, counties that respond to realignment by packing their jails are likely at even greater risk of costly lawsuits for conditions of confinement.” To avoid this outcome, the ACLU recommends that counties “adopt[] front-end solutions that reduce jail populations, rather than paying for expensive capital and operating costs to sustain an ever-larger jail population during a time of continued budget cuts.”

How Counties Are Preparing

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that county preparations for the changes have been “wildly uneven” so far. While the state is providing funding to the counties to beef up their jails and probation departments, some experts are concerned about the lack of state administrative support. Here’s a roundup of how a few counties across California are preparing:

Large Counties
  • Fresno County: Fresno will use $8.8 million in state funds to open up new jail floors, hire additional probation officers, and expand its day-reporting center, among other changes. Officials are worried the funding won’t be enough and that existing county institutions won’t be able to cope with the new numbers.
  • Los Angeles County: This’ll be the county to watch — it’s the largest jail system in the state by far (actually one of the largest in the world) and, like the state prison system, it’s long been plagued with overcrowding and litigation over human rights abuses. It looks like L.A. County may wind up outsourcing inmates to other counties if need be. After realignment, its average jail population is slated to grow by 8,300 inmates plus 9,800 would-be parolees.
  • Santa Clara County: Home of Silicon Valley, Stanford University, and the city of San Jose, as well as your humble blogger, Santa Clara is slated to see 3,000 new inmates after realignment, plus about $13 million in state funds to cope with the influx. Rai Jayadev, a member of the county’s Community Corrections Committee, writes that he hopes realignment will spur the county to embrace a holistic, inclusive approach to genuine criminal justice reform: “One idea around reducing recividism is for ‘peer mentors’ to assist people returning to the county – residents who have walked down a similar road, have made their transformations, and can help returnees navigate the re-entry process, by connecting them with services and providing a measure of support from someone ‘who’s been there.'”
Small Counties
  • Kern County: Already reeling from probation officer layoffs due to budget deficits, Kern County may rely on an automated phone system to check on probationers.
  • Napa County: Officials don’t seem to have any specific plans in place yet, but the county is slated to receive $1 million from the state to handle an estimated additional 70 charges a year.
  • Solano County: Sheriff Gary Stanton predicts he’ll have to release some jail inmates onto GPS monitoring and worries that the state’s promised funding may be inadequate, but is ultimately optimistic: “What we’re looking at is probably a very difficult first year, and then in the second and third years it should get a little better and then in about the fourth year I think we can probably turn the corner. We know we can’t do any worse than the state did with it, they set the bar pretty low.”

My Take

In theory, realignment has the potential to be very positive for California. It’s cheaper to send someone to county jail than to state prison, especially for a term of only a few months — you avoid a lot of transportation and intake costs — and ending the constant churning of new people in and out of the state prisons could also make the prisons themselves safer and more stable. Keeping offenders closer to home makes it easier for families to visit, and county officials are better placed than state bureaucrats to tailor programs to the needs and punishment philosophies of their community, often in partnership with local non-profits or social services providers that offenders may be able to stay connected with after release. Ideally, forcing counties to bear more of the cost of their own policing and prosecuting decisions will encourage more thoughtful decisions about how to allocate scarce law enforcement resources.

In practice, though, realignment also has lots of potential to go awry. California counties vary widely in how well funded and run their criminal justice institutions are. The smallest counties really don’t have the jail capacity to hold offenders for long stays, but I also doubt they have the capacity to develop robust alternative sanctions. And among the large counties, there’s a lot of variation in quality. Anecdotally, I’ve always heard that San Francisco defense lawyers try to keep their clients in county jail as long as possible to eat up time served and avoid state prison, whereas in Los Angeles, the horrendously overcrowded jails are actually worse than prison.

So, much will depend on how well the state follows through with funding and administrative support, and how well local leaders meet the challenge of handling their new responsibilities. I’d guess realignment’s fallout will vary widely county-by-county, just as everything else about California does. But I agree with Sheriff Stanton: the counties “can’t do any worse than the state did with it, they set the bar pretty low.”

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  1. I have to agree with Sherrif Staton, our current prison suks and they sould be ashame of thermselfs calling themseleves a Rahilitation. if our system really worked it woulddn’t be in the position it is today. I had the opportunity to visit the inside of some of those prison’s and till this day I can’t understand why anyone would want to live in those coniditions. They offer nothing, destroy lives and don’t give nothing back to society. They are inhumane and they treated like animals in there and mind you some animals are treated a lot better.

    Pearl

    August 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

  2. As for the “Realignment” it will first bea nightmare and then eventually disovle because of lack of money. As mush as we hate to say it the CDC is a business and it too needs to make money.

    Pearl

    August 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

  3. I’m still confused on the parole part since no one can give me a straight answer. My friend is getting out mid-October. He was told a month ago he was eligible for NRP and signed all the papers. Last week they said he is not longer eligible for that since he is being released after October 1 but instead gets probation and reports to a probation officer. Seems like he lost out on the deal since he now will have to report to someone regularly and pay a fee for this “service.” With California needing money will the probation office keep those released the full three years instead of having the reviews at 6 months? Is this 6 month review going to be automatic or does he have to get a lawyer to request it? The prison counselor didn’t have any answers for him. Its frustrating to think that he would have been able to start a new life without supervision but now has to continue for 6 months to 3 years. It would be nice if there was someone who could actually answer his questions. I’ve tried two lawyers in San Diego County where he will be released and they had no idea.

    Lorraine

    August 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    • Hi Lorraine — Sorry to hear you haven’t been able to get solid info — sounds very frustrating. Based on your story, it sounds like the state isn’t doing a great job of disseminating info to its employees on the ground! That said, people may not have answers yet because a lot of the implementation details are still up in the air. Each county will be given a lot of leeway in how they implement the law. Note that it’s not exactly that people released after Oct. 1 will be getting “probation” but rather it’s a new form of supervision called “Post-Release Community Supervision” (PRCS), which counties may decide to structure differently from the way they handle probation, even if it is handled by probation officers. So — basically it all depends on the county — I would suggest calling the San Diego County Probation Department as they’ll be the agency handling supervision. If they don’t have the info yet, you could ask when they expect to finalize the plans and keep calling back. Unfortunately just following these developments as a blogger, I don’t know much more than you at this point.

      Here’s the San Diego Probation Dep’t website:

      http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/probation/Contact1.html

      There are also some handouts & PowerPoints breaking down the law here that may be helpful:

      http://www.csac.counties.org/default.asp?id=3202

      I can answer one question of yours though — no, the county won’t be able to just keep everyone for the full 3 years, at least as the law is currently written. While the law makes discharge at 6 months discretionary (“may be considered”), discharge after 1 continuous year of no violations will be mandatory (“shall be discharged”), so that should happen automatically. I don’t think there’s any reason one would need a lawyer to get discharged, though again, the county would have more info on how the process will work.

      More specifically, here’s what the law says about the discharge process, which is provided for in AB 117 (a companion bill to AB 109) — here’s the relevant part:

      3456. The county agency responsible for postrelease supervision,
      as established by the county board of supervisors pursuant to
      subdivision (a) of Section 3451, shall maintain postrelease
      supervision over a person under postrelease supervision pursuant to
      this title until one of the following events occurs:
      (a) The person has been subject to postrelease supervision
      pursuant to this title for three years at which time the offender
      shall be immediately discharged from postrelease supervision.
      (b) Any person on postrelease supervision for six consecutive
      months with no violations of his or her conditions of postrelease
      supervision may be considered for immediate discharge by the
      supervising county.
      (c) The person who has been on postrelease supervision
      continuously for one year with no violations of his or her conditions
      of postrelease supervision shall be discharged from supervision
      within 30 days. [...]

      http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_117_bill_20110630_chaptered.html

      Sorry I can’t answer your questions more specifically but best of luck to you and your friend. I imagine it may be frustrating as this new law kicks in and the county agencies are still learning how it works.

      sara

      August 24, 2011 at 12:59 am

      • Thanks so much! You have given me more information than anyone so far. I will get in touch with San Diego County Probation.

        I have to admit the politicians, as usual, did not think this one through.You would think something like this would be uniform throughout the state.

        Thanks again for the help.

        Lorraine

        August 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  4. I have a question not sure if you guys or gals can answer once released from prison after October 1st you will now report to probation but does probation still have to go by but the rules of your parole or the rules of probation? I know here in butte county they always put at the end of any probation that your office may change conditions as he feels fit which is not right just because he does not like you he can put you back in jail where parole they can only enforce your condition and question number 2 here in butte county probation charges 100 dollars a month for supervision where parole does not will they now be able to charge them? and one final question i here after October 1st their will no longer be the non violating parole anymore that everyone will be supervised of some sort?

    thanks everyone for any help or answers you can give me just trying to help out a friend and searched the net and can not find a thing on this

    Tony Zenone

    September 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    • Hi Tony — As far as I can make sense of it, my understanding is that each county has a lot of discretion as to how it sets up the new “post-release supervision.” So, it may be the same as probation or it may be different depending on how the county sets it up. I would suggest contacting the Butte County probation department to ask how they are planning to implement the new rules. Sorry I can’t provide any more specifics! Maybe some other readers will know more. However, I can answer one question — yes you are right that after October 1 the non-revocable parole will no longer be in place.

      sara

      September 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      • thank your for the little bit of information that you do know this county is so meed up even before this ll started gave to much control to probation to change things with anyone as they feel fit so I hope some else has more info but thanks again for your information

        Tony Zenone

        September 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm

  5. Hi, I was wondering if you know how county transfers will work? CDCR has a policy of ‘closing’ counties to transfer if the transfer in population exceeds 5% of the total parole population. County probation has no such policy. Does this mean that if you have two parolees; one on state parole and one on community supervision that the person on state parole will continue to be denied transfer to a ‘closed county’ while one on community supervision would be granted the transfer?

    Kiraj

    September 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

    • I think a lot has to do with if he or she is going to be supervised by parole or the probation dept all non violent is being transferred to the probation dept. and the others are staying with state parole I would call the county parole or probation dept where you would like to transfer to and ask them because the state is leaving the supervision part pretty open to let the counties do as they feel fit or even how they will do the supervision

      Tony Zenone

      September 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

  6. My boyfiend’s request for parole transfer from Butte to Kern County was quashed, so were his after release SAP paid drug treatment program. Is there anything we can do to get him transfered to Kern County? I have already moved to Kern to insure he has housing. We had to fight hard to get SAP… We are planning a wedding and we need the groom.

    Kathleen

    September 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

  7. what if you have already pleade guilty to a term of 2yrs and have not been sentence on it will you go to prison or do county time

    cynthia

    September 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    • the new rules on supervision will only effect those sentenced after October 1st any one sentenced before that time will be sentenced under the old rules

      Tony Zenone

      September 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

  8. How will these changes in parole status effect rights of due process such as Val Davia Hearings? It apears counties such as butte and sutter will need supervision of those who supervise to avoid human rights violations. Retaliation through arrest and officer abuse such as tazing while in hand cuffs, seems to be the norm.

    Kathleen

    September 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    • from what I have heard things will stay the same as they are in the courts as far as supervision goes but gives the courts more options in sentencing and you will be able to discharge in 6 months with not violations but after October 1st all inmates released will be on supervision but the state is leaving it pretty much up to the counties on how they do it and set it up their will not be anymore non-violating parole but myself I have never had any trouble with a single cop in this county and have been treated with more respect than I have from other places so I have no complaints about law enforcement in Butte county

      Tony Zenone

      September 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      • The incounty sentencing starts with a plea bargain NOT an admistative Parole Board Hearing so rights of due process will be affested. In my experience advocating in Butte Couny LE tazes parolees in handcuffs after arrest ant the charges those they torture with resisting… Sutter County is even worse!

        Kathleen

        September 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      • I have never had any problem in butte county parole or probation or law enforcement here not saying it does not happen but then some bring it on them self and push the blame on others not that it happens either all the time I just have not run into any bad dealings here in butte but have in lots of other places in California but from what I did see on Monday looks like they might be doing some early releases for the woman but not the men they are coming up with some new program our whole system is all messed up not only in California but through out the country

        Tony Zenone

        September 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  9. Also how will this affect the use of Mc George Attorneys to represent parolees? Will they return to PD’s? Or will these Plea Bargain be signed without due process?

    Kathleen

    September 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    • from what I have read now once they get released they will not be supervised by state parole but county probation and all violations will be handled through the courts and judges but supervision is pretty much being left of to each county on how they want to do it and giving them alternative options just like they are with the courts

      Tony Zenone

      September 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

  10. What does all this mean for the inmates (men, specifically) already in county? My son is scheduled to turn himself in on Oct. 5th, 2011 for 44 days on a dui (not injury or accident). Is there a possibility he’ll be out early?

    julia

    September 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    • your son should do his time in the county I don’t think they charged him with a felony and even so it’s non-violent so it will be up to the county their is always the possibility that they may offer him home monitor or some sort of program but the bottom line is it’s all up to the county unless he is also charged with a serious or violent felony

      Tony Zenone

      October 5, 2011 at 9:10 am

  11. hey I had a question my bf is in tehachapi state prison he was subject to 365 days. his been in jaul for 9 months already but yet hasent been able to see his counselor the whole time his been there. …so is that because of what is happening now? what is the possibilities of him getting out sooner I’m really confused with all this help

    alma

    October 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    • My understanding from everything I have read is those already in state prison will do all their time their it’ those that are being sentenced after Oct 1st that will remain in the county and those already in state prison will not be getting early release but do the remainder of their sentence their but they can change things as they go since this is all new to them so you never know

      Tony Zenone

      October 5, 2011 at 9:05 am

      • Your understanding is incorrect and applies to a first offense for low level offenders. Example: I was raped by a serial rapist of eight women who told me that here were others that he killed. The State Legislature wrote into law- ” life ” for each rape. Plea bargained down to only 44 years he gets to automatically go on Parole after 22 years without going before the parole Board. After only 11 days of freedom he breaks his Parole by possessing pornography. Instead of going back to prison he is now a low level offender just breaking parole. If he was a “lifer” he would have to go before the Board to see if his history shows him to be dangerous to society. He will not be going before the Board, I will not have the opportunity to testify under State and Federal law. He will be out in 3 months or less – night stalk for open windows looking for women alone – to rape, or worse.

        What happens to women like me, who have been law abiding citizens all our lives? We pay dearly. I must leave my home that I have lived in for half a century. I worked hard for it. I must run and hide somewhere. Somehow I must find the money- about $33,000 for the first year for down payment, or deposits, first months rent and fees, give up my anonymity and safety because realtors need your social security number, credit score and reason for leaving your present house. I have to live in fear that he will carry out his threat to kill me. I fear that he will do harm to others.

        He will be on Parole for only 3 years and then this serial rapist deemed cured by the State will be totally free as if they know and understand the human brain. Some types of convicts can be rehabilitated, i.e. drug offenses even robbers or spur of the moment offenders. But those who have obsessions, compulsive urges just learn to say what they are supposed to say in therapy. The serial rapist has become a low level offender and only was a parole violator who will be walking the streets in short order. This time it could be your mother, daughter, wife or sister.

        I agreed that truly low level offenders could be switched to county facilities to save money. But in practice the law is not working that way.

        To start with The Ca. Board of Corrections rules that prisoners have a “right ” to be free in half the time that a judge gave them in “determinate sentence” The victims “right ” to be secure in her home and to “life liberty and the Pursuit of happiness is not considered. THIS IS INSANE and shows a total lapse in taking care of women in our society. BUT WE ARE SAVING MONEY UNTIL HE COMMITS RAPE, MURDER OR KIDNAPPING.

        Arline Mathews

        October 23, 2011 at 1:30 am

  12. I have a question… In Aug 2010 I was convicted of commercial burglary and sentenced to a 3 year joint suspension with 3 years probation in la county.. A week ago i was charged a new case of forgery in oc county.. i bailed out and waiting to see what happens in court.. I know most likely I will be violated for catching this new case, but will this new law be in my favor or will I have to do the 3 years in state prison because I violated?

    angel

    December 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

  13. the new law only applied to people that were convicted and sentenced before October 1st as long as your crimes fall under the 3 non’s you will do all your time in the county but they can run them wild and wait till you serve all your time in one county and then transfer you over their and then do your time their this way they do not run together which is usually what tends to happen

    Tony Zenone

    January 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

  14. does the REalignment program… address the issue of Credit for time served while in county jails…
    my friend has done 5 months in Placer Co Jail… the DA’s Offer is either a 3 yr sentence in state Prison…
    or a 2 yr sentence in Placer C Jail… it her choice…

    Q. Will she get 2 days credit for each day already served while she has been in Placer county jail…
    Q. How will they compute her time left to do in Prison… (2 for 1)
    Q. How will they computer her time left to do in Placer county jail (2 for 1 …or straight time)

    herb

    January 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

  15. So, if a prisoner is doing “state time” in county jail, does that mean that their projected release date is correct? (ex. 50%), or does that mean that they are also subject to be released earlier than their projected release date since they are deemed non-violent etc.?

    Jessica

    January 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

  16. I am so confused. My boyfriend caught a case back when he was 18 and had to register as a sex offender. They gave him 6months county time and probation.Then, after he completed all jail/probation time (which he finished early and has NEVER re-offended in ANY way) required classes and paying off ALL his restitution, 6 months later a judge gave him 4yrs prison time (1st timer at the time) and 4yrs parole for not registering a 2ND address he had previously resided at with his ex wife. I’ve been with him for 2 and a half yrs, all the while he’s been on parole. Our 1st yr together he spent 260 days of it over the events of THREE violations-1) LOW Battery Charge of his GPS ankle monitor 2) Failure to report to agreed POC appt
    3) Failure to report to his agent on the agreed day.
    Then we did the unthinkable and had a baby while he was on parole! After giving us crap for almost my entire pregnancy, he got a new agent outta no where who changed his conditions and allowed him to be around our baby since he said his charge had nothing to do with kids. Then around September, About a DOZEN city cops show up to my house and arrested him outta no where!
    He did three months and this time when he was released, I find out he’s on probation now, no ankle monitor and doesn’t even have to drug test. His probation officer comes by, tells me he’s a 109 now. County level. So I check this out with his previous parole agent-he said he was no longer under their jurisdiction. This time when he got out, he was staying at a clean and sober house. Last week he moved back in with me and when he went to go register this address couple days later, his PO arrested him stating he was “absconding for ONE day”. Took him in to the county jail for a 10 day “flash incarceration”.
    Our lives have been one weird thing after the next. At one point I was think my boyfriend had to be a snitch or something considering the results of my research on the 109’s (no sex offenders/high risk-which I was told he was categorized as.) But after looking into that I found out in the state of California, they don’t allow sex offenders to do the whole “informant/snitch” thing in exchange for anything.
    I’m so confused, as is he, as to why all this is happening like it is.
    What other sex offenders on parole EVER have their special conditions ADJUSTED? How many of them ar on this 109 thingy? Does ANYONE have similar experience like this or know someone who does?

    ALexis Watters

    January 25, 2012 at 6:07 am

  17. I was previously not high risk. after m release non violent seriious or sex parole deemed me high risk.am low level 290 .excluded from megans law.how do I appeal.

    Mike lujan

    February 16, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    • 290s are unable to appeal. If they could my boyfriend would have years ago. It sucks, especially since alot of the time these offenses are not sexual at all. “Lewd acts” doesnt even involve the actual ACT of sex. Its the “intention to arouse” and yet those offenders are lopped in with the serial rapists, pedophiles and other severe cases of actual sexual predators. Failure to register correctly can get you a whole new PRISON term for 8 years max. California is especially broad in their sex laws and definitions. They can have different degerees of murderers yet the next most serious types of crime has the most generalized stipulations yet it covers the most minimal areas of so called “sex-offenses” with the harshest punishments???? And ALL degrees of it’s area of offenses are punished with the exact same method, not to mention the LIFETIME humiliation of registering and basically leaving all on its list a straight target for harassment and pursecution..no matter what the original offense entailed or the length of time that has passed. California is has the largest amount registered sex offenders in the nation..considering this state’s problematic financial situation, targeting sex offenders for every little thing, their convictions, incarceration and later, the pressing and heavy terms and conditions of their parole (w/its costly tax-funded GPS monitoring that is incredibly and embarassingly flawed)ALL of which makes this state a nice chunk of change to soothe the burn of that budget its attempting to claw its way out from underneath.
      Sorry guy, I dont anticipate any 290s catching too many breaks anytime soon. But who knows? It was also believed the new realignement was not for sex offenders at all. So stay positive and whatever you do..NEVER STOP FIGHTING. Best advice I can give at this point.

  18. My sentencing is tomorrow. I am the poster-boy for Realignment. No priors, low risk, sold 19 pounds to undercover. I have a career, but they still want me to serve 8 month in county even though I have a job and my mother will loose her house if I can’t work. In all fairness, shouldn’t they find any alternative way for me to serve my jail time. We will be destitute and homeless when I get out. This doesn’t speak to reducing recidivism. I’m already a functioning citizen. Why take away my lively hood and home then say I need rehabilitation? It’s in humane in my case. My Public Defender keeps trying to throw me under the bus!

    William W. Hayes

    February 21, 2012 at 6:02 am

  19. Some say that If I’m serving 4 out of 8 months and don’t sign up for the early release programs that cost money and just do straight time, they might let me out sooner than 3 months. What do you think?

    William W. Hayes

    February 21, 2012 at 6:30 am

  20. I was assigned a turn in date March 22, 2012 if I did not qualify for probation. I was accused of embezzlement. I wanted to do the “right thing” and went right to Placer county probation and got my monitor and started serving my one year ankle monitor sentence. It turns out that people who are getting monitors now are getting half time on those monitors, but because I did the responsible thing I am not eligible for any days off of this thing.I almost feel like I should turn myself in on March 22nd, then get credit for the days served and get let out early to instead of 10 more months of this thing. They say there is no way they will consider me for shorter service even though there are people who I see every Tuesday when I meet my parole officer with three DUI’s that got their monitors after me who are serving less than 30 days. So since I went in to get this started does that mean my 5 years probation will also not get reduced? That seems so unfair. I am a low risk offender but I am getting a tougher sentene than drunk drivers.

    barbra rainone

    March 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

  21. I see a lot of absconding including my ex-boyfriend from the gate. This really saddens me. I am s strong supporter of AB 109, but it does nothing to support mental health problems and institutionalization. It appears to just allow more opportunities to run. Sara, If they abscond does the probation clock stop ticking? Under AB109 can the offender abscond and be off PCRS in a year if they are not caught?

    Kathleen Michelet

    March 7, 2012 at 3:51 am

  22. I HAVE A QUESTION: My boyfriend will be released from Corcoran State Prison in May 2012, serving a 2 year term for receiving stolen property and transportation of narcotics…He’s been in since July 2011…okay so the crime was committed in LA county but I’ve been residing in King’s county until he gets out because we plan on moving up north when he gets out if parole permits…but he gave his counselor my address here in King’s county…so my question is can we get a transfer to a different county if he gives the address up north?? Also what do you suggest I do on my end also what should I rely to him to do on his end…??

    Marina

    March 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  23. Can one person on the ab109 bill be able to move to another county? My fiance and I have a kid together and I was told I would get off in April (the sixth month) but recently got work from my probation officer it will no longer happen because there are too many violates and I told him I had to move up north with my fiancé for his job and he said prior to all this wait till April now he says he can find me a shelter but my son is one And is affected by only seeing his dad weekends. Is there a way I can move counties?

    Ashley

    March 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm

  24. hello i was wondering if any one new how long or what do you have to wait if your agent and supervisor as well as a signature from the pbh saying recommend for discharge i been on parole for 2 yrs i as well been told i am one of does person who is non violent and all the rest of thing who fall upon the oct 1 first method does any one now anything thank you for your time.

    Ramirez

    April 14, 2012 at 1:31 am

  25. I would like to know what this prop AB 108 is about ? I have recently been dishcarged from parole early an they have said it was due to this newly passed proporstion …. I would like to know what criteria is used to determan who qualifies.

    jackie

    May 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  26. If you sign papers when your released from prison that state your parole is 3 years does the courts have to concur with it? A friend is in this situation and just found out that instead of 17 months left he now has 40 months can this just do that even though he signed papers?

    Michael Chacon

    May 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm


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