California experienced escalating issues with prison overcrowding from the late 1970s to 2010, as the prison population skyrocketed to unprecedented highs. This article will discuss the problem of prison overcrowding, and one recent policy intervention implemented to decrease overcrowding and offender recidivism rates, the Public Safety Realignment Act (AB 109). After providing background on the Public Safety Realignment Act, this article will analyze the effectiveness of the policy and make recommendations.
"AB 109 and its Impact on Prison Overcrowding and Recidivism: A Policy Analysis,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science:
Vol. 4, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/themis/vol4/iss1/6