Progress Made in Prison/Jail Placement Changes

A quarterly review of the county’s response to the influx of state prisoners to County Jail — aka public safety realignment — showed progress being made toward full implementation, even as the county struggles in some areas with higher numbers than anticipated. The number of inmates sentenced locally to jail is up under the alignment, which began in October, and there has been an increase in people sentenced to GPS monitoring as well as an increase in early releases from jail. Still, county officials have undergone a remarkably collaborative effort to make the increased workload run as smoothly as possible, with many new services being delivered, many of them focused on rehabilitation to keep recidivism down.

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