Masters Thesis

Program evaluation of Assembly Bill 109

The purpose of the study is to conduct a program evaluation of AB 109 through the analysis of periodicals, scholarly journals, CDCR data and other government websites. The researcher will analyze the findings using secondary research via quantitative and data. Since its implementation in 2011, California’s prison system has seen a drop in incarceration rates; however, counties are having more than ever, the responsibility of housing and/or supervising low-level inmates. This study was conducted in order to shed light on the effectiveness of AB 109 in reducing prison overcrowding, costs, and recidivism. It is vital for AB 109 to be effective because it affects everyone from a public safety issue to an economic standpoint. The majority of people may feel indifferent if prisons are overcrowded. However, the majority of inmates will eventually be released to the same neighborhoods we live in. Therefore, providing adequate care while in custody or after release is of major significance. In order for AB 109 to be effective in reducing recidivism in the county level, there is a need to focus on reentry programming where inmates can be provided with the instruments necessary to live a crime free life style (Flynn, 2013; Taylor, 2011). The safety and security of California is in the hands of California’s criminal justice stakeholders. The researcher will provide the pros and cons of AB 109 and will critique it.

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