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Female Realignment Report: An Examination of Female Offenders Released from State Prison in the First Year of Public Safety Realignment

California Department of Corrections and RehabilitationThis report by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation discusses the outcomes of women involved with the justice system in California as a result of California’s Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011. Key findings include:

  • Tracking the one-year arrest and conviction rates of two cohorts of women following release from state prison—the first before the Realignment act, and the second after its implementation, the data show little difference in outcomes between the two populations.
  • While the arrest rate was 1.5 percent higher after Realignment, the conviction rate 1.2 percent lower.
  • After Realignment, all of the women studied who had returned to prison did so for a new conviction, rather than a parole violation. Under Realignment, returning to prison requires a new conviction. There are a few exceptions for parole violations.

To view the report, click here.