SACRAMENTO, CA — Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109 this month, which makes significant changes to California’s correctional system to end the expensive, ineffective and unsafe quick release of lower-level offenders and parole violators through state prisons. Brown stated that the state’s prison system has been a “revolving door” for lower-level offenders and parole violators who are released within months. Cycling these offenders through state prisons wastes money, aggravates crowded conditions, prevents rehabilitation, and delays local law enforcement supervision, according to Brown.
AB 109 will give local law enforcement the right and the ability to manage offenders in “smarter and cost-effective” ways. It also changes the law to realign particular responsibilities for lower level offenders, adult parolees and juvenile offenders from state to local jurisdictions. Under AB 109:
• No inmates currently in state prison will be released early.
• All felons sent to state prison will continue to serve their entire sentence.
• All felons who are convicted of a serious or violent offense – including sex offenders and child molesters – will go to state prison.
• Felons who are not eligible for state prison can serve their sentence at the local level.
For more information, visit http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=16964.