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Report · August 2012

Evaluating the Effects of California’s Corrections Realignment on Public Safety

Steven Raphael, Magnus Lofstrom, and Joan Petersilia

California has launched ambitious plans to change its corrections system. If all goes well, the state will become an important example of how to reduce the prison population and maintain public safety. This report provides guidelines on how to monitor the effects of realignment in such areas as recidivism, sentencing, and costs.


Criminal Justice