News Releases

What They’re Saying About Realignment

Local and State leaders talk about the Public Safety Realignment

“We should be able to control our population with (alternatives to incarceration), if we can create (rehabilitative) programs. Luckily, in Tulare County…we were able to use AB 109 to staff positions.”
Captain Robin Skiles, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department
(Source: The Recorder, Christine Burkhart, July 6, 2012)

“Taxpayers will save money by having (offenders) serve time in county jail rather than in state prison. We’re getting smarter on crime so we can better invest limited resources on education rather than corrections, which every poll shows Californians support. And of course education is our best known crime prevention tool.”
California State Senator Mark Leno
(Source: Associated Press, Don Thompson, July 2, 2012)

“I am pleased with the progress Placer County is making in implementing realignment.”
Jack Duran, Placer County Supervisor
(Source: Rocklin and Roseville Today, June 27, 2012)

“”(Fresno is) slowly moving in the right direction. We’re not going to solve our problems by tossing people in jail, like we’ve done, and then just throw them back on the street.” ,”
Debbie Reyes, Director of the Fresno-based California Prison Moratorium Project
(Source: Fresno Bee, Kurtis Alexander, June 26, 2012)

“When it costs from $45,000 to incarcerate a person (in state prison), and when that money could be used to rehabilitate four persons and get them back on their feet, I think it’s well worth the investment (in rehabilitation).”
Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazine
(Source: Merced Sun Star, Joshua Emerson Smith, June 26, 2012)

“In the big picture, in San Diego County, we believe we are adjusting well…as long as we used the evidence-based principle of assessing risk to identify who is best suited for (alternative custody) options, then we are achieving our goal of managing public safety.”
San Diego County Chief Probation Officer, Mack Jenkins
(Source: North County Times, Chris Nichols, June 21, 2012)

“Realignment is achieving its goals more quickly than even its supporters had anticipated.”
(Source: Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice report, June 14, 2012)

“Putting as many people in prison for as long as possible is not the best way to spend public dollars and protect public safety.”
(Source: Pew Center on the States report, June 6, 2012)

“Realignment is achieving its goals more quickly than even its supporters had anticipated.”
(Source: Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice report, June 14, 2012)

“Violent and career criminals belong behind bars, and for a long time, but building more prisons to house lower-risk non-violent inmates for longer sentences simply is not the best way to reduce crime.”
Adam Gelb, Director of the Public Safety Performance Project
(Source: Pew Center report “Time Served: The High Cost, Low Return of Longer Prison Terms,” June 5, 2012)

“Governor Brown demonstrated once again his commitment to counties by staying true to his vow to sustain funding for realignment.” (Regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s May budget revise).
California State Association of Counties President and Yolo County Supervisor, Mike McGowan
(Source: CSAC press release May 14, 2012)

“With adequate time, attention and resources, a better plan will take shape to track and manage inmates and work with community groups to re-integrate offenders into the community.”
Santa Barbara County Chief Probation Officer, Beverly Taylor
(Source: Santa Ynez Valley Journal, Jeremy Foster, May 11, 2012)

“California’s counties use state prison resources at dramatically different rates, and … the counties which use state prisons the most have below-average crime rates. Viewed this way, the state is simply …  forcing counties to pay for their sentencing decisions.”
(Source: W. David Ball, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara Law School, in his 2011 study “Tough on Crime (On the State’s Dime)”)

“I think all of us have been surprised how successful these people have been and how they’ve changed.” (Regarding Tuolumne County’s new Day Reporting Center for probationers, funded by the 2011 Public Safety Realignment).
Dan Hawks, manager of Tuolumne County Probation’s Adult Supervision Unit
(Source: The Union Democrat, May 3, 2012)

“Reducing prison costs requires reducing the prison population in a way that ensures the worst of the worst are appropriately punished while lower-level offenders get the help needed to leave the system for good. (CDCR’s blueprint and other prison proposals) offer a good starting point to achieve those reforms.”
(Source: Bakersfield Californian editorial, May 1, 2012)

“Since (Realignment) took effect last October, that shift has gone as expected. Counties have not been overwhelmed. In fact, the number of offenders released from county jails due to lack of space actually declined in the first three months…But, make no mistake, California finally seems on the right path to get its state prison population and management under control.”
(Source: Sacramento Bee Editorial, Pia Lopez, April 29, 2012)

“The philosophy behind realignment is based on more than a decade of thinking, studying, evidence-gathering and soul-searching over the costly cycle of crime, incarceration, failure and return to prison…The public can be safer, the cycle can be broken, and tax money can be spent more constructively — and more frugally.”
(Source: Los Angeles Times editorial, April 25, 2012)

“While criminal justice realignment presents the most significant challenge ever faced by the Inyo County Justice System and local treatment providers, the ultimate goal of public safety can be achieved with effective communication, collaboration and fiscally responsible decision-making with respect to our limited resources.”
Inyo County Chief Probation Officer Jeff Thomson
(Source: Inyo Register, Mike Gervais, April 17, 2012)

“In addition to the enforcement (and) compliance component, probation has focused on a number of resources that are traditionally outside of the role parole provides. We focus on treatment elements which range from employment resources to substance abuse programming. We are modeling these probation programs for Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS), I do believe that our success rate for probationers will transfer to the PRCS cases.”
Chris Condon, San Bernardino County Probation Department
(Source: High Desert Daily Press, Beatriz E. Valenzuela, March 12, 2012)

“Nobody is being released early, they’re doing their time.” (Speaking about implementing effective drug-rehabilitation and anger management programs) It’s not about incarceration.”
Tulare County Sheriff Bill Wittman
(Source: Visalia Times Delta, Luis Hernandez, March 12, 2012)

For more What They’re Saying information please see previous press releases:

July 11, 2012
Contact: Dana Simas
(916) 445-4950