Officials at the Alameda County jails are evaluating how the state’s prisoner realignment has impacted local facilities. The program was first implemented in Oct. 2011 and shifted low level, non serious and non sexual offenders from state prisons to county jails.
Approximately 800 inmates were absorbed into the Alameda County jails as a result. Officials have said that, despite growing pains, the county has had successes along the way. For example, they have reportedly cut jail admission rates by nearly 40 percent since the realignment was implemented. On the other hand, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said they continue to seek additional funding in order to offset increased costs. Last year they received an additional $9 million from the state. This year they are seeking to nearly triple that number.
Another challenge has come in the form of increased crime rates. Statistics indicate some of those eligible for early release due to the prisoner realignment program has led to upticks in certain types of crime. Once county spokesperson said about 100 realigned felons have either failed to report to law enforcement officials or have been rearrested on new charges.
Still, Alameda County jails feel they were able to learn a lot from the past 12 months, and believe this will allow for a much more smooth transition into year number two.