May 21 2015

Fresno Bee: Controversial inmate-reduction plan working

…The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation held 160,700 inmates in 2011. That number will dip to below 128,000 next year, spurred in part by the voter-approved Proposition 47, which reduced drug possession and property crime sentences. California prisons are 2,200 inmates below the court-imposed goal that prisons be at no more than 137.5% of maximum capacity. The PPIC report says Proposition 47, which was passed by voters last November, may alter the trend. But in 2013, the second year of realignment, violent crime fell 6.4%, to a 46-year low. The drop in violent crime nationally was less precipitous, 5.1%. The California homicide rate fell 8% in 2013…
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