Realignment is the shifting of thousands of inmates from state prison to county jails. Approved by legislative Democrats and signed by Governor Brown, Realignment made fundamental changes to our prison system and [took] effect on October 1, 2011. (From CA Crime Watch).

Since its inception, property and violent crimes have increased throughout California. Counties have been struggling to deal with overcrowding and probation, and sheriffs are seeing an increase in drugs and fights in county jails--noting Realignment has moved more felons and gang members into their jails, creating a prison-type environment.

CJLF has been monitoring the impact of Realignment on public safety, issuing press releases to inform the public.

On April 23, 2013 the 24th Annual Victims' March on the Capitol was held.
Victims and victims' advocates united on the west steps of the Capitol to remind elected officials of the need for justice. CJLF supporters were there as well, passing out "Repeal AB109" stickers. The Senate Public Safety Committee heard legislation to change AB109. For the most part, the bills were killed at their first committee hearings by party-line votes.


August 22, 2016
Governor's Inmate Release Law Increased Crime in Sacramento County

July 2, 2014
Realignment Fails on Prison Overcrowding, Cost and Crime

April 17, 2014
Very Bad Criminals Roaming Communities under Realignment

February 27, 2014
Public Safety Continues to Deteriorate Under Realignment

January 23, 2014
Governor Brown in Denial about Realignment

October 27, 2013
Realignment’s Assault on Public Safety Continues

September 27, 2013
Poll: Californians Are Concerned about Realignment and Inmate Releases

September 27, 2013
Poll: Californians Are Concerned about Realignment and Inmate Releases

August 28, 2013
Governor's Stop-Gap Plan on Inmate Releases Ignores Realignment Crime

August 2, 2013
Supreme Court’s Inmate Release Ruling Guarantees More Crime Victims

July 11, 2013
Victims’ Group: The Release of More Inmates like Throwing Gas on a Fire

June 19, 2013
Rural California Suffering Under Realignment

June 12, 2013
New FBI Report Shows Disturbing Increase in California Crime

May 17, 2013
Governor & Legislature Fiddle as Realignment Crimes Continue

April 18, 2013
The Recycling of Criminals Under Realignment

April 2, 2013
The Real Cost of Realignment

March 21, 2013
Governor Brown’s Realignment Protects Criminals While Counties Get Sued

February 19, 2013
The New California Crime Wave

February 8, 2013
More Evidence of Rising Crime Under Realignment

January 29, 2013
Dude, Where's My Car?

January 23, 2013
FBI Report Shows California Crime Rose Sharply in 2012

December 27, 2012
Under Realignment, Serious Criminals are Classified as "Low Risk"

November 28, 2012
Serious Criminals, Including Sex Offenders, Are Walking Free Under Realignment

November 15, 2012
State Clings to a False Narrative About Realignment

October 29, 2012
Criminal's Flooding In and Out of County Jails Under Realignment

October 24, 2012
No Celebration on the Anniversiary of Governor's Realignment

September 24, 2012
Lives Lost, Serious Crime Rising Under Governor's Realignment Law

September 20, 2012
Realigned Inmates Changing Jails Into County Prisons

August 21, 2012
Realignment Continuing to Drive Up Crime Across California

July 16, 2012
Realignment's Revolving Door Causing Increased Crime

June 20, 2012
Under Realignment: "Ain’t no one really worried about going to jail"

June 1, 2012
Victims' Group Says Realignment Supporters Are "Out of Touch"

May 21, 2012
More Evidence of Increased Crime Due to Realignment

April 26, 2012
Crime Increasing Under Governor Brown's Realignment Law

April 10, 2012
Counties Struggling to Handle Wave of So-called "Low Risk" Offenders

March 15, 2012
Legal Group Says Realignment Plan = More Crime Victims

The CA Crime Spike The CA Crime Spike: An Analysis of the Preliminary 2012 Data. By Kent Scheidegger, Legal Director, CJLF (June 2013).
CJLF Rationalizing Realignment Rationalizing Realignment. By Michael Rushford, President, CJLF. A perspective on California's return to alternative sentencing.
CDAA Realignment Analysis Prosecutors' Analysis of the 2011 Criminal Justice Realignment. By California District Attorneys Association.
San Diego Realignment Report San Diego County Grand Jury. Report on Realignment.