REALIGNMENT and RECIDIVSIM
What is Realignment? And what does it mean to you?
My highest priority is to fulfill my Constitutional mandate to prosecute crime vigorously and keep the public safe.
That is why I am your District Attorney.
And yet, there is an issue looming.
We have been given a mandate by the California State legislature and the citizens of the State of California that we, as the criminal justice system, shall do business differently when it comes to rehabilitating the convicted.
This is Realignment. And it effects you. It is the primary reason we see the "revolving door" of repeat offenders that we read about in the newspapers.
This mandate requires a completely different strategy from all of the involved agencies. Success will be gauged by continuing to have a safe community while effectively reintegrating people back into our society. A less adversarial and more collaborative approach is indicated to achieve this mandated goal.
The District Attorney’s Office does and will continue to work closely with Probation, Corrections, Health and Human Services and Law Enforcement to hold offenders accountable and simultaneously meet the legislative mandate to successfully rehabilitate.
We have not fully realized the impact of Realignment in Nevada County because we have a lower crime rate here and generally send fewer people to prison.
However, as the more populated counties have experienced, our numbers will increase. The key will be to focus our resources on the appropriate offenders and continue developing alternative programs. The importance of alternative programs and rehabilitative options is already clear as we keep more offenders locally and as the State continues to release prisoners back to Nevada County.
I will continue to work proactively with the Nevada County Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) to ensure we have a voice on how the CCP funds are spent in the community between corrections, probation, mental health and treatment. I will remain involved with the Probation and Sheriff Departments and Courts to develop a workable Supervised Pre-Trial Release Program that insures a defendant’s appearance and public safety. As part of the realignment strategy I will attempt to create a new part-time Deputy District Attorney position to work solely with collaborative courts and community integration programs, and to review pretrial releases. This position will help inspire and enforce the individual accountability that Realignment must have to be successful.