Thesis

The public safety realignment act: demographics, criminal attributes, and correctional behaviors of inmates granted early release

Early Release, Incarceration, Offenders, Public Safety Realignment Act, Recidivism, Reentry

Committee members: Raquel Warley, Susan Crimmins, Dale Weaver

Thesis (M.S.W.) California State University, Los Angeles, 2012

Taking into account the number of individuals currently incarcerated incorrectional institutions and the relatively high recidivism rate in California, the shift of inmates from the state prisons to county jails may have unanticipated outcomes for individuals granted early release. The purpose of this proposed study is to describe a profile of inmates who are granted early release under the California Public Safety Realignment Act at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Demographics, criminal attributes, and correctional behaviors are among the variables that will be examined in relation to reentry and recidivism. Data will primarily be derived from participants in standardized interviews and institutional databases. Findings may imply a need to contribute to the development of effective interventions, new forensic policies, and allocation of resources to local jurisdictions to meet individualized needs of these offenders.

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