State’s Criminal Justice Realignment Impact on Butte County Discussed at News Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-20-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

A new study by California State University, Chico faculty on the impact of California’s Criminal Justice Realignment, known as AB 109, on Butte County will be discussed at a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m., at the Sheriff’s Day Reporting Center, 51 County Center Drive, in Oroville.

Professor Caudill and criminal justice studentsAlong with political science professor Jonathan Caudill and other CSU, Chico faculty, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, Chief Probation Officer Steve Bordin and representatives from the District Attorney’s Office and other county personnel will be at the event to discuss the effects of AB 109 and answer questions.

In a 36-page research paper titled “Navigating the Storm: An Empirical Assessment of the Local Effects of California’s Criminal Justice Realignment,” Caudill and his co-authors found the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, the Butte County Probation Department and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office handled the shift of offenders from the state to the county criminal justice system well under difficult circumstances.

CSU, Chico students who were involved in gathering the research and worked with correctional officers during the AB 109 implementation will also speak at the event.

In October 2011, when the custody and supervision of felons began shifting from the state to counties, CSU, Chico faculty partnered with Butte County to help understand the major impacts of AB 109 on the Butte County Jail and other resources. The current study is the third of three papers evaluating the county’s efforts responding to realignment.

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Caption: Professor and paper co-author Jon Caudill, left, with criminal justice students who assisted with research and worked with local correctional officers.