Caleb Roberts . Pols 602. Final Paper. Ab109 Prison Realignment:
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AB109 Prison Realignment:
An Examination of California 's Historic Legislation
INTRODUCTION In 2011, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109 into law. The purpose of this historic legislation, was to enable California to finally close the revolving door policy for lower-level convicted felons coming in and out of the state’s 33 prisons. AB 109 was also the key piece of legislation for California’s solution to abide by a federal court order. The order mandated the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to reduce the amount of inmates in the state’s prisons system to 137.5 percent of capacity by 2013 (Caudill 2015).
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In addition to the CCP, each county has an executive committee comprised of CCP members that include; the Chief probation officer, Chief of police, Sheriff, District Attorney, Public Defender, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, a representative from either the County Department of Social Services, Mental Health, or Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programs, who are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors (Bird 2016). The Executive Committee presents the recommended plan, which is deemed accepted by the county Board of Supervisors unless the Board rejects the plan by a four-fifths vote. This complex mix of bureaucracies is in place to separate the state from any direct realignment responsibilities other than funding 2016).
PUBLIC OPINION Governor Brown brilliantly formed and packaged AB 109 in a way that gained support from state legislators and constituents. His strategic plan was to strengthen the state’s political agenda by gaining support from for realignment from the public. Brown 's strategy paid off, according to recent research shows that voters in California are overwhelmingly in favor of reducing prison spending and support shifting resources to community supervision rather than incarceration. State and national polling also shows that voters feel reductions in recidivism are the primary purpose of the department of corrections, even if