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Worth Reading
Below is example media coverage that tracks Realignment’s implementation and highlights certain challenges and opportunities. Additional coverage can be found via our Twitter feed (@SafeandJust), the RSS feed to the right, and within our Promising Models section.

Obama Tackles a Worthy Cause in Criminal Justice Reform - Sacramento Bee, July 16, 2015

Jerry Brown Can Savor An Accomplishment as Crime Falls, Along With Prison Population - Sacramento Bee, May 19, 2015

Calif. County Jails Adjusting to Realignment - Corrections One, May 10, 2015

Coming Home - East Bay Express, July 16, 2014

1,000s More Offenders for Local Probation - San Diego Union-Times, June 29, 2014

Realignment Rehabilitation Benefits Low-Level Offenders in Stanislaus County - Modesto Bee, May 31, 2014

Fontana Re-entry Program Getting Attention - San Bernardino Sun, May 23, 2014

Study: Can't Link Crime Increases to Realignment - San Diego Union-Tribune, January 31,2014

Contra Costa County Managing Realignment With Spilt Sentencing - The California Report, January 13, 2014

California Prison Population Expected to Grow Over Next 5 Years - Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2014

Rearrest Rate Unchanged Under California Prison Realignment - The Sacramento Bee, January 9, 2014

Monterey County has Among Highest Imprisonment Rates – Monterey Herald, September 13, 2013

Inconsistent Risk Assessments in CA Jails Obstruct Realignment Accountability – Independent Voter Network, August 22, 2013

State Corrections Chief Likes County’s AB 109-related Effort – Merced Sun-Star, August 11, 2013

Editorial: Sheriffs Should End Dream of a Building Binge – Sacramento Bee, July 27, 2013

Stop the Revolving Jail Door – Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2013

Prison Realignment Burdens Bring New Focus on Rehabilitation – Contra Costa Times, June 17, 2013

California Prison Overhaul Brings Justice by Geography – San Francisco Chronicle, June 3, 2013

Editorial: Realignment Hasn’t Caused a Crime Wave – Sacramento Bee, May 28, 2013

Poor Health Care Moving from Prisons to Jails – California Health Report, May 15, 2013

The Magic Number – The Economist, May 11, 2013

Editorial: Why Isn’t State Tracking Rates of Recidivism? – Sacramento Bee, April 25, 2013

As Police Departments are Cut, Crime Climbs – The Salinas Californian and Capitol Weekly, April 17, 2013

Counties in California Can Learn a Few Lessons From State on Inmate Healthcare – Public CEO, April 9, 2013

Editorial: Enough with all the Scare Tactics on Public Safety Realignment – Sacramento Bee, April 7, 2013

Prisons, Realignment and the California Rehab Racket – Sacramento News & Review, April 4, 2013

Inmate Shuffle Results in Budget Realignment Squabbles – Orange County Register, March 29, 2013

Viewpoints: Inmate Can Succeed, But May Take More Time – Sacramento Bee, March 20, 2013

Prison Realignment: It Could Be Worse – Redding Record Searchlight, February 5, 2013

Editorial: Parolees are No Biggest the Crime Threat – Sacramento Bee, January 28, 2013

Is Prison Realignment to Blame for Uptick in Crime? – Orange County Register, January 24, 2013

Is Realignment a Model for Reform? – East Bay Express, January 16, 2013

Overall California Crime Drops Amid Prison Realignment – ABC News, January 9, 2013

Prison Realignment Program Stalling Out – The California Report, December 14, 2012

One Year Later, Local Agencies Wrestle with Realignment – Orange County Register, November 15, 2012

Editorial: Flaws in Prison Realignment Needs to be Fixed – The Sacramento Bee, November 5, 2012

Even After Realignment, Prison Projections Rise – Los Angeles Times, November 1, 2012

Prison Reform One Year Later – California Health Report, October 22, 2012

Viewpoints: Realignment Doesn't Lead to Early Release – Sacramento Bee, October 13, 0212

Realignment: The First Year of Drastic Change Has Drastic Impact – Press Enterprise, October 5, 2012

A Year After California's Criminal Justice System Realignment – Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2012

Probation Helping Offenders Change; After a Year, Realignment Making Strides – Redding Record Searchlight, September 29, 2012

Prison Realignment in California: A Progress Report, A Year Later – Long Beach Press Telegram, September 29, 2012

California State Auditor Finds Positives in Shifting Juveniles to County Care - Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2012

LA County is Ground Zero for Prison Realignment - KPCC Radio, September 5, 2012 

In California, Some Ex-Inmates Get Help in New Ways – KQED News, August 30, 2012

Probation Chief Says AB 109 Program Works - Calaveras Enterprise, July 31, 2012

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