California – Humboldt County’s public safety realignment plan starts Oct. 1

Megan Hansen/Times-Standard – Posted: 09/25/2011 02:40:31 AM PDT Saturday marked the start of the state’s cost-saving realignment plan for adult offenders, and county officials said they’re as prepared as possible for its implementation. Public safety realignment, also known as Assembly bills 109 and 117, transfers the responsibility of low-risk offenders from the state to counties. Offenders committing crimes that are of a nonviolent, nonsexual and nonserious nature will no longer be sent to state prison but given to the county for sentencing. In other words, the plan increases the number of people on probation and makes certain crimes ineligible for prison sentences — decreasing the strain on an already overcrowded prison system. Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said he’s not against realignment, but he said…[For full story: http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_18974250 ]

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