Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Inmate Release Plans: How the Governor Proposes to Reduce Prison Population by 27,300

On Aug. 17, our legislators will consider Governor Schwarzenegger's plan for alleviating the prison overcrowding situation. The Sac Bee provides some details on the Governor's plan, which you can see in the image to the left. As can be seen, the majority of releases are the product of reshuffling categories (undocumented immigrants, wobbler offenses) and a very small part of it consists of good-behavior credits. Also, note the ratio between use of low-cost alternatives to incarceration (such as GPS monitoring) and rehabilitation programs, considered high-cost alternatives.

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