The Economist has called Realignment in California “one of the great experiments in American incarceration policy.” The Realignment policy adopted in 2011 has resulted in a large-scale shift of correctional resources and supervision from the state level to local counties.
This webinar assessed the impact of Realignment and its implications for decarceration nationally. The panelists highlighted key findings reported in the current issue of The Annals, “The Great Experiment: Realigning Criminal Justice in California and Beyond, “ co-edited by Charis Kubrin and Carroll Seron of the University of California, Irvine.
The webinar slides are available here, and a video recording can be viewed below and here.
Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project
Margo Schlanger, University of Michigan
Ryken Grattet, University of California – Davis
Magnus Lofstrom, Public Policy Institute of California
This webinar was hosted by The Sentencing Project in collaboration with the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of whites, and at least ten times the rate in five states. This report documents the rates of incarceration for whites, African Americans, and Hispanics in each state, identifies three contributors to racial and ethnic disparities in imprisonment, and provides recommendations for reform.
Justice organizations urge the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia to pass Bill 4-0338, the Redefinition of Child Amendment Act of 2021 as a necessary, common sense approach to juvenile justice reform that will create better outcomes for youth and communities, will treat children as children, and will make significant steps forward in advancing racial equity.