The governor recently signed a number of bills that extend the state’s efforts to reform its adult and juvenile criminal justice system.
California has many sentence enhancements—such as Three Strikes—which increase the usual punishment for an offense. A bill on the governor’s desk would repeal one of them.
Corrections reforms in California have not resulted in a broad surge in crime. But the statewide numbers mask substantial differences across counties.
Changes in criminal justice policy have significantly altered the role of probation in California and have put considerable demands on counties.
Proposition 57 is expected to reduce the prison population by more than 2,600 inmates in 2017‒18, with a net cost savings of nearly $40 million.
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