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Supervisors to hear updates on realignment

Posted: January 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will hear two updates related to the ongoing public safety realignment process during their meeting Tuesday.

One item will be a clarification of what types of prisoners are eligible for transfer under realignment.

Realignment, which became law with the passage of AB 109 in 2011, allows the state to take prisoners whose offenses were non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual in nature, so-called “non-non-nons,” and place them in county jails instead of state prisons.

Doing so also transfers the costs associated with detaining those prisoners from the state to counties.

But realignment has been the subject of controversy in Los Angeles County, not only from a financial perspective but from a safety one.

As a result, county supervisors asked for a report specifying what offenses fall under the criteria for realignment.

One of the major issues raised by supervisors is that a prisoner’s earlier criminal record is not taken into account when determining eligibility.

This means that non-non-nons could have a criminal record that includes crimes that are of a violent, sexual or serious nature.

Los Angeles County officials have previously lobbied to support legislative efforts that would alter the language of AB 109 to make sure a prisoner’s past criminal record is considered when determining if they are eligible for realignment.

So far, those efforts have failed.

The board will also hear an update from the Los Angeles County Probation Department on the department’s implementation of AB 109. That report had yet to be made publicly available as of Saturday.


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