Effects of Change in Criminal Justice System Difficult to Discern

October 22, 2012 | by Heather Tirado Gilligan | The Sacramento Bee

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California’s realignment program has successfully reduced the overall prison population, but the effects that it has had on the criminal justice system in general are more difficult to discern. Some critics of realignment say that the program has minimized consequences, thereby increasing the crime rate. In several California counties, the crime rate has increased and many attribute this to realignment.

California’s realignment program has successfully reduced the overall prison population, but the effects that it has had on the criminal justice system in general are more difficult to discern. Some critics of realignment say that the program has minimized consequences, thereby increasing the crime rate. In several California counties, the crime rate has increased and many attribute this to realignment. However, other factors may be the cause of the increased crime rate such as shrinking police forces and higher prosecution rates and, despite realignment, some counties such as Los Angeles have experienced a reduction in crime. 

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